An Illinois woman is facing felony charges as city police are accusing her of keeping the body of her dead mother in a freezer.
The Chicago Police Department (CPD) allege 69-year-old Eva Thatcher stored the remains of her late 96-year-old mother, Regina Michalski, in a freezer at an apartment, according to WGN9. Thatcher was charged for allegedly concealing a death and possessing a fraudulent identification card.
A woman hid her mother’s dead body in a freezer in the family’s garage for nearly two years after she died, prosecutors said. https://t.co/YgLV8QgXza pic.twitter.com/AzoJgG8rWc
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Police uncovered the body after Michalski’s grandchild, Sabrina Watson of Kentucky, began to research the web for evidence of her grandmother’s death. (RELATED: Kentucky Becomes Latest State To Take On Woke Banks, Asset Managers)
Watson was under the impression that Michalski passed away a number of years ago.
“I couldn’t find her,” Watson told WGN9. “No record of her being buried or a memorial online or anything like that, so I knew her body was somewhere, it was somewhere, and it wasn’t in the ground.”
Watson acted on a “gut feeling” and then called law enforcement Monday to check on the apartment.. Thatcher and Watson’s mother, whom Watson is “estranged” from, shared a separate first-floor flat on the same block.
A Chicago woman has been accused of keeping her mother’s dead body in a freezer for nearly two years while living in a nearby apartment.#NationalNews #Chicago #crime https://t.co/2LQZRLTcpX
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CPD spokesman Tom Ahern confirmed that Watson’s call resulted in Michalski’s body being found inside of a freezer at the home. Both the appliance and the body were removed from the property as part of a death investigation. (RELATED: REPORT: Man Froze To Death In Bagel Shop Freezer After Getting Locked Inside, Police Say)
Once both the investigation and the autopsy come to a conclusion, Watson will journey to Chicago to ensure that her grandmother gets a proper burial service. (RELATED: Veterans Join Forces To Ensure That Late Soldier Receives Proper Military Burial)
Michalski immigrated from Poland after the end of World War II.