US woman arrested for selling a dead body in a freezer at yard sale

You just can’t make up stuff like this.

Marcella Jean Lee, 56, was  recently arrested in North Carolina after her mother’s dead body was found in a freezer she sold at a yard sale. Lee was charged on Thursday (15 September) with concealing a body and failure to report a death, more than three months after selling the chest freezer to her neighbour for $30.

Ms Lee covered up the nature of the freezer’s grisly contents by telling her neighbour not to open the appliance because it was being used as a time capsule and that church members would come by at some point to collect the contents inside.

However, the neighbour opened it up later to find the body of Arma Roush, the 75-year-old mother of Ms Lee, whom police had been looking for since the discovery. She was finally arrested about 100 miles south of the city of Goldsboro, where her mother’s remains were found.

Lee is now being held at New Hanover county jail under a $50,000 bond, Fox 8 reported.

A post mortem examination showed no signs of foul play regarding Ms Roush’s death. The pensioner had been living with her daughter and was last seen alive in August 2015.

In a 911 call, obtained by WNCN at the time of the discovery, the neighbour said: “I have a serious problem. My neighbour sold me a deep freezer. I just opened it and there’s a body in there. I am freaking out.” So would you be if you opened a second hand freezer and found a still inside it.

She later told the TV station:  “She sold me her frozen mother for $30. How do you do something like that?”

The woman said that the day after she bought the freezer, Ms Lee had left town claiming she was heading to West Virginia to be with her mother, who was now staying at a nursing home. She’d have got away with it too, but for the pesky smell.


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