The remains of Utah man was found in a freezer at his home — with a notarized letter stating his wife didn’t kill him.
Paul Mathers’ frozen body was found during a police search of his house in Tooele, Utah, where he had lived with his wife, Jeanne Souron-Mathers.
Mathers, who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness, was last seen at a Veterans Affairs medical center on Feb. 4, 2009. He is believed to have died between Feb. 4 and March 8 of 2009.
According to a search warrant, Paul Mathers wrote a letter before his death stating his wife was not responsible for his death. He notarized the letter in December 2008. “It was notarized on December 2, 2008,” Tooele Police Sgt. Jeremy Hansen told FOX13. “We believe he had a terminal illness.”
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“Detectives tracked down the notary and she said she didn’t read it, she just stamped it,” Sgt. Jeremy Hansen of the Tooele Police Department told CNN. Jeanne Souron-Mathers, 75, died in November from what appears to be natural causes, Hansen added.
The person who notarized the letter in 2008 has been interviewed by police as part of the investigation.
“She told the detective she didn’t read the note, she just stamped it and signed it,” Hansen told FOX13.
According to Dailymail, locals think Jeanne Souron-Mathers, 75, kept the death of her husband Paul Edward Mathers, 69, secret so she could claim $177,000 in government payouts after the veteran died at their home.
Investigators are looking into whether monthly checks from Veterans Affairs and Social Security were still coming in after Paul Mathers died, police said.