State police say they have a tentative identification for a body found in a chest freezer in central Pennsylvania last week, but the cause of death remains unknown.
The York Dispatch reports that two potential home buyers found the body Thursday in an outbuilding on a vacant Warrington Township property. Authorities said the remains were in black trash bags covered by a blanket.
York County Coroner Pam Gay said the body appeared to be female and was "significantly decomposed" but an autopsy Monday revealed no obvious signs of trauma. She said more tests are needed to determine whether the death was natural, accidental or otherwise.
ABC27 News reports that according to a search warrant affidavit filed by state police, the discovery was made Thursday by two people inspecting the property at 40 Kralltown Road. The people were interested in buying the property from the bank.
The potential buyers told police they were looking around in an outbuilding on the property when they discovered the skeletal remains under blankets in the white chest freezer.
Police said they searched property records and found the last known owner living in York Haven. That woman told investigators she owned the freezer and "knew exactly when" it was locked and unplugged, the court document states.
The woman told police that while she lived at the Warrington Township home, she cared for her grandmother and received financial compensation for the care.
Police believe the woman continued to receive financial compensation after her grandmother's death. However, she failed to acknowledge her grandmother's death and "believed she may still be alive at 112 years of age," the affidavit states.
ABC27 is not identifying the woman or her grandmother because no charges have been filed.
The death is being investigated as a homicide. An autopsy was performed Monday, but the cause and manner of death are pending further investigation.