KENTUCKY – Police say a Kentucky man kept the remains of his elderly mother in a freezer for three years so he could keep collecting her social security checks.
Authorities say Jon Whiteford shot and killed himself after police tracked him down.
It wasn’t until a month later that investigators found his mother’s dead body.
Jon Whiteford was his bedridden mother’s caregiver – and according to investigators he had access to her finances.
96-year-old Faye Whiteford apparently died of natural causes in spring 2011.
Deputies say her son continued collecting her social security and retirement benefits – storing his mother’s remains in a freezer.
Around Christmas of 2013, Jon was forced from his home. Deputies say he took Faye’s remains to a home he planned to rent in Wayne County.
As crews searched for Faye, they say they tracked down Jon Whiteford at a home near his, where he shot and killed himself.
The remains of Faye Whiteford were found in Wayne County in late April – tied up in a tarp and partially covered with a wooden box in front of the home.