Goldsboro police are conducting a death investigation after a woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, found human remains inside a deep freezer she bought from a neighbor.
Although the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Officer needs to officially identify the remains, the woman believes they belong to her neighbor’s mother, who has not been seen since last fall.
"She sold me her frozen mother for $30," she told WNCN. "How do you do something like that?"
The woman bought the freezer from her neighbor, who was allegedly selling her belongings in order to move closer to her mother in West Virginia. The neighbor’s mother reportedly suffered a stroke, but her daughter said she was recovering, according to the woman.
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The freezer was sealed with duct tape around the lid and was frequently referred to as a "time capsule" that the neighbor was storing for her church.
"She told me that if I could keep it here and keep it sealed until the church came and [gathered] the contents, I would be able to keep the deep freezer afterward," she told WTVD.
The day after she bought the freezer, her neighbor left town. Three weeks later, no one had come to retrieve the items inside it.
"I had already made the decision that I really needed to open it because everything was just so sketchy," she said. "And I had even had the idea that maybe her mom was in there."
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When the woman opened the container, her darkest suspicions turned out to be correct.
"I went in there and I opened it up," she recalled. "Lifted the lid and I saw a foot. And I put the lid back down and I tried to analyze what I just saw. And it looked fake so I opened it again and I looked again. But then I recognized the foot. It was her mother's foot."
She contacted police and a death investigation was launched with local and state officials.
"Just unbelievable how she could just stick her mom in a freezer," the woman said.
Despite the odd sequence of events, she’s happy she was able to help her elderly neighbor.
"I'm glad that I was the one who was chosen to be able to find her mother so [that] poor woman can rest," the witness said. "She's been in a freezer for like eight, nine months possibly."