Florida woman hid mother’s body in freezer to continue receiving disability benefits, police say

SEBASTIAN, Fla. – A woman from Florida hid the body of her 93-year-old mother in a freezer to continue receiving her disability pension, police said.

West Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF reports officials on Thursday obtained an arrest warrant for Michele Rene Hoskins, 64, of Sebastian for failing to report Marie Hoskins’ death and tampering with evidence.

Officials found Marie Hoskins’ body in a freezer after a welfare check in April.

According to police, Michele Hoskins told investigators she found her mother dead in her bedroom and then bought a deep freezer to conceal her death.

Officials said they also found a heavily soiled mattress in the backyard, hidden in thick undergrowth and covered by palm branches, WPBF reports.

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According to investigators, Marie Hoskins died of natural causes. The station reports that she was dead for about two weeks before her daughter put her in the freezer.

Michele Hoskins was being held in the Indian River County Jail where she faced $10,000 bail, WPBF reports.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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