Hobbs police investigating dead body found in freezer

Posted at: 09/04/2013 6:21 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A dead body found rotting in a freezer has Hobbs Police investigating.  KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to neighbors who said they noticed something was wrong.

Officers arrived at the abandoned house Tuesday night after a call about the stench.  Neighbors said they could smell it inside their homes.

"It was a really strong stench; really, really strong. I’ve never smelled that before, and I would never want to smell it again ever," said Camille Franco.

Franco lives across the street.  She said finding out what she smelled is unsettling.

“And now that I know what it is, that's scary.  That’s really frightening.  And my husband is in Texas right now and I called him, and he too is concerned.  He told me you better watch our boys don’t let them out of your sight like for sure right now," said Franco.

According to police, when officers arrived, they found a human body decomposing.

“Upon arrival, they located an unidentified body and the body was sent to Albuquerque for autopsy," said Officer Mike Stone of the Hobbs Police Department.

Police could not identify the gender or identification of the body, leaving a whole lot of questions and not a lot of answers.

“For somebody to be in a freezer, and I mean for somebody to actually do something like that.  No, that scares me, that frightens me. I’m actually really wanting to lock up my house more," said Franco. “Like they say, you might think you might know your neighbors, but you never know."

Hobbs police said they are waiting for the autopsy results to figure out the cause of death.