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Note found in Tooele apartment where body of elderly man was discovered in chest freezer

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Note found with body of elderly man discovered in chest freezer in Tooele apartment (File photo: KUTV)

A notarized note was found in the apartment where a man's body was discovered inside a freezer, an unsealed search warrant states.

Officers conducted a welfare check on 75-year-old, Jeanne Souron-Mathers, on Nov. 25. She was found dead in her bed at the Remington Park apartment complex. While looking for evidence, her 69-year-old husband's body was discovered in a fetal position inside a chest freezer.

The Medical Examiner's Office used fingerprints to identify Paul Edward Mathers. He likely died between Feb 4, 2009, and March 8, 2009, Tooele police confirmed.

Sgt. Jeremy Hansen said officers have not done handwriting analysis on the letter found, which said Mathers' wife was not responsible for his death. Additionally, the notary who signed the letter did not read it, Hansen said.

However, investigators did talk to doctors at Veterans Affairs and confirmed Mathers did have a terminal illness. An estimated $177,000 was collected in Mathers' VA benefits since his demise, Hansen said.

Police are still waiting for more information requested from various institutions in the case.