Man found in freezer exonerates wife with typed, notarized note

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TOOELE, Utah (AP) — A Utah man whose body was found in a freezer exonerated his wife by leaving a typed, notarized note saying she bore no responsibility in his death.   The note left by Paul Edward Mathers cleared the late Jeanne Souron-Mathers, though there are still questions remaining about the case.

Paul Mathers wrote in a letter notarized Dec. 2, 2008, “I want it known that Jeanne is in NO way responsible for my death.”

A maintenance worker found Jeanne Mathers in her home Nov. 22. The state medical examiner ruled she died of natural causes.  As police searched for clues about her death, they found Mathers’ body in a freezer. Mathers had terminal cancer. His head was wrapped in a garbage bag sealed around his neck with duct tape. Authorities couldn’t determine if the bag was put there before or after he died.