TOOELE, Utah (AP) — Detectives have found a notarized letter they believe was written by a man whose body had been in a freezer in a Utah apartment for a decade that says his wife did not kill him, authorities said.
The note discovered Monday appears to have been written by Paul Edward Mathers, 69, whose body was found inside a freezer last month after police found his wife dead of natural causes in the apartment in the small city of Tooele near Salt Lake City.
But handwriting experts have not verified Mathers’ signature and the woman who notarized the letter dated December 2008 told police she did not read it before stamping and signing it, Tooele police Sgt. Jeremy Hansen said.
Investigators are looking into the possibility that the couple devised the scheme together before he died or that the woman forged the letter, but they are waiting on evidence that includes medical and financial records, Hansen said. Additional contents of the letter have not yet been released.
Investigators previously said they were looking at whether Mathers’ wife, Jeanne Souron-Mathers, 75, wanted to keep collecting her husband’s Social Security and Veteran’s Affairs checks after he had died.