Woman whose husband’s body in freezer arrested

Barbara Watters remains at large

Barbara Watters remains at large

Details on charges have not been released.

The witness said Watters threatened to kill him if he notified police.

Police were told that a man named Paul Barton had died on December 30, 2018, and that his wife, Barbara Watters, 67, had been keeping his body in a freezer in a nearby home ever since, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A woman in Missouri kept her husband's body in a freezer for nearly a year, court documents say. In the course working that scene police said they received information about a body at another location - in the home of Barbara Watters.

The man's body was found on Tuesday. Police located the body after learning Monday during an unrelated arson investigation that a body might be inside her home and obtaining a search warrant.

Police weren't immediately able to provide a call history to the home. The Associated Press submitted a records request. Our sister station, KY3, in Springfield, Mo., reports that a warrant for abandoning a corpse has been issued. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine cause and time of death, the Globe reported.

Watters had only minor past convictions for driving with an expired license and operating a vehicle on a highway without a valid license, according to online court records in Missouri.

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