A man was caught storing his dead father’s 101-year-old corpse in his freezer. According to media local to the man’s town of Landgraaf, in the southeastern Netherlands, the son kept him there because he “didn’t want to lose him”.
The body was discovered on Saturday, after a family doctor who was worried about the father’s health raised the alarm.
The 101-year-old is understood to have died a year-and-a-half ago.
The police force said the deceased, who lived in the home, did not die as a result of crime.
The son has not been arrested of any crime, but is suspected of hiding the man’s body.
Local broadcaster L1 reported that the man’s son, 82, kept his father’s body in a freezer in order to “still talk to him”.
The son, who has not been named, reportedly told the outlet: “I didn’t want to lose him.”
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He added: “I didn’t want to lose him. Otherwise I would miss him.”
A neighbour told Dutch media AD that the son was sick himself.
They also said he had lived in the house on Mansholtstraat for decades.
They said: “Due to a tumour, he has to go to the hospital regularly.”
Police are reportedly now looking into whether any fraud has been committed – making knowing when the man died crucial to investigators.