A Utah man whose body was found inside a freezer exonerated his wife by leaving a typed, notarized note saying she bore no responsibility in his death.
The note left by Paul Edward Mathers cleared the late Jeanne Souron-Mathers, although questions remain, authorities said.
“I want it known that Jeanne is in NO way to blame for my death,” Mathers wrote in a letter notarized Dec. 2, 2008.
“I am fully aware that with my heart condition(n) the Lortabs/Hydrocodone will eventually stop my heart,” Mathers’ wrote. “It won’t be deliberate as I’m not able to leave my wife, Jeanne Marie. Jeanne has foiled my actual suicide attempts.”
A maintenance worker found the deceased 75-year-old woman in her Tooele home Nov. 22. The state medical expert ruled she died of natural causes.
As police sought for clues about her death, they found Mathers’ body inside a freezer.
Mathers had terminal cancer. Police were unable to conclude if his illness was the reason for death. Investigators believe he died sometime between Feb. 4, 2009, and March 8, 2009.
Mathers’ head was wrapped inside a garbage bag that was secured with adhesive tape around his neck. Authorities couldn’t determine if the bag was placed there before or after his death.
Whether anyone else was involved in putting Mathers’ body inside the freezer also remains unanswered.
Many people with direct knowledge of what happened have died, while other challenges in collecting information and evidence have left police resigned to finish the investigation without a definitive conclusion, Tooele Police Sgt. Jeremy Hansen said.
“We are never getting to have final answers,” Hansen said.