When Utah resident Jeanne Souron-Mathers died last November, police were startled to find the body of her husband Paul in a chest freezer at the couple’s home.
Police also discovered a notarized letter from Paul stating that his wife was not responsible for his death, according to a search warrant unsealed in December.
Investigators now believe that Paul Mathers died a decade ago and are investigating the possibility that monthly payments to him from Veterans Affairs and Social Security kept coming in after his death.
A sergeant from the police department said investigators have filed subpoenas and are still awaiting financial records. The VA payments would total at least $177,000.
Paul Mathers is believed to have died between Feb. 4, 2009 and March 8, 2009. He had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and was being treated at a local Veterans Affairs medical center and was last seen there on Feb. 4, 2009.
But before he died, Paul Mathers wrote a letter stating his wife was not responsible for his death, and that letter was notarized in December 2008, the search warrant said.
Detectives tracked down the notary and she said she didn’t read it, she just stamped it. Jeanne Souron-Mathers died in November 2019 from what appears to be natural causes.