A Missouri girl is suing for the return of her husband’s corpse, which she saved in a freezer in her bed room earlier than it was taken by authorities final yr.
Barbara Watters, 67, of Joplin, alleges that Jasper County Coroner Rob Chappel has ignored requests for the return of Paul Barton’s stays after expenses in opposition to her for abandoning a corpse have been dismissed.
Watters was charged in November 2019 after police found the physique. Authorities consider Barton was final seen alive in 2018 and that his physique might need been refrigerated for many of final yr.
The lawsuit in opposition to the Joplin Police Division, the town and coroner’s workplace stated he died in September 2019, two months earlier than the physique was found. The go well with additionally alleges that Chappel has failed to supply a loss of life certificates.
Watters believes medical doctors need her husband’s physique for mind analysis, the go well with stated. Barton suffered from Lou Gehrig’s illness they usually each have been involved medical doctors wished to reap his organs, in line with courtroom paperwork.
Chappel stated Barton’s physique continues to be on the coroner’s workplace however has declined to remark additional, citing the pending litigation.
The go well with additionally alleges that the town violated Watters’ rights by maintaining paperwork and different gadgets seized outdoors the scope of a search warrant, together with her marriage license and a doc giving her the proper to find out what occurs to her husband’s physique.
The Related Press contributed to this report.