Records: Wife of man found in freezer feared doctors


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Records show police and state workers responded
repeatedly to concerns about the care of a terminally ill Missouri man before his body was found in a freezer in his wife’s bedroom, where it may have stored for nearly a year.

Sixty-seven-year-old Barbara Watters, of Joplin, has been charged with
abandonment of a corpse. An autopsy found no signs of foul play in the death of her husband, Paul Barton, whose body was found last week after a witness told police that he had died on Dec. 30, 2018, and that his body had been in her freezer ever since.

Police records obtained by The Associated Press show Watters feared that a
doctor wanted to harvest Barton’s brain for research and that she was
prohibiting him from receiving medical care.

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