Police have questioned an elderly woman who is believed to have stored her mother’s body in a freezer at her home in Sidcup, Kent, for more than 20 years.
Daulaut Irani, 83, was interviewed under caution after the body was discovered and identified as that of her mother Gulbai Freedoon Murzan, who was born in 1901.
A police spokesman said: “The death is being treated as unexplained rather than suspicious. There have been no arrests and an 83-year-old woman has been interviewed under caution.”
Post-mortem examination results are expected later this week.
Officers were called to the property in Park Mead on May 20 after being alerted by a neighbor.
A neighbor told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Obviously it was shocking when the police came and told me what happened. They said they believed she had been in the freezer for more than 20 years.
“I think it was an immigration thing because her mum was illegal and they didn’t want anyone to know.”
The neighbor described Irani as a “very private person” who kept her garden in pristine condition.
Another neighbor believed Irani had confided in a friend, who had passed on the information to police.
Ray Dyson, 77, who lives nearby, said Irani was a “nice old lady” who went quietly about her business.
He told the Daily Mirror: “This has all come as a bit of a shock. The first we knew was when two police cars and an officer in a full forensic bodysuit turned up.
“They taped off the garage and have now put a padlock on it.”