Woman buys deep freezer at yard sale, finds human remains inside

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4 Fast Facts

  • Woman buys deep freezer from neighbor at yard sale
  • She waits a few weeks to open it and finds human remains inside.
  • She believes remains are those of the seller’s mother
  • Remains have been sent to medical examiner for identification

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – A North Carolina woman thought she got a pretty good deal when she bought a deep freezer for $30 at a yard sale.

But that freezer came with something extra inside—human remains.

According to the Goldsboro Police Department, the woman called them Friday after she opened the deep freezer and found what appeared to be human remains inside. The remains have been sent to the medical examiner for identification.

The woman talked to WNCN in North Carolina and asked not to be identified. She bought the freezer three weeks ago but didn’t open it immediately.

According to the woman, she purchased the freezer from her neighbor, who told her she had been using it as a “time capsule” for a project with her Sunday school class. The church was supposed to come by and pick up items inside the freezer, but no one ever showed up.

So the woman decided to open it.

“My heart was in my throat and I ran outside (and) called 911,” the woman told WNCN.

She believes the remains are those of the neighbor’s elderly mother, who’d lived with her daughter for years but hasn’t been seen since September.

“She sold me her frozen mother for $30. How do you do something like that?”

After selling the freezer, the neighbor left town. She told the buyer that she was going to West Virginia to be with her mother, who was staying at a nursing home there. The woman who bought the deep freezer doubts her neighbor’s story.

The case remains under investigation.

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