updated 5/3/2008 4:10:55 AM ET 2008-05-03T08:10:55

A Canadian man was arrested Friday after his mother's corpse was found stuffed inside a freezer at their condemned home south of Montreal.

Police made the grisly discovery Thursday while searching the son's home after a local clinic reported it had not heard from the 73-year-old woman for weeks, said police sergeant Martine Isabelle.

The woman's 50-year-old son, Daniel Martin, turned himself in to police on Thursday, said Isabelle.

Isabelle said an autopsy could not be performed Friday because the corpse was still frozen. She said the man has been charged with improperly disposing of a body and he could face additional accusations.

"We have to wait for the autopsy to know if it was a natural death or if it was a homicide," Isabelle said.

Martin's lawyer, Marc-Andre Gauthier, has requested a psychiatric evaluation.

Neighbors said Friday that they never saw Martin interact with anyone.

"I didn't know his mother lived with him. I always thought he lived alone. He was really strange," said neighbor Carole Legault who has lived a few houses away from Martin for the last five years.

She said it's horrible the woman was found in the freezer.

"Maybe he wanted to keep her. Maybe he is scared of the authorities and thought it would be better to keep her in the house."

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments