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Deceased 96-year-old woman found in a freezer in a garage during police wellness check, her daughter has been arrested

Image Source: WGN-TV YouTube video screenshot composite

A deceased 96-year-old woman was discovered in a freezer during a police wellness check after her granddaughter became suspicious about her absence.

Sabrina Watson of Kentucky said she got a "gut feeling" about her grandmother on Monday and started looking online for any information about her death or burial. When she found none, she called Chicago Police.

“I couldn’t find her,” Watson said to WGN-TV. “No record of her being buried or a memorial online or anything like that, so I knew her body was somewhere, it was somewhere, and it wasn’t in the ground.”

She said that her grandmother lived at a building owned by Sabrina's mother, with whom she is estranged. When police searched the residence, they found her grandmother's body in a freezer in the garage.

News footage showed police moving a large freezer out of the garage into a police van.

Chicago police spokesperson Tom Ahern confirmed that the body of 96-year-old Regina Michalski was found inside the freezer. Michalski was an immigrant who moved to the United States from Poland after World War II.

WGN spoke to other tenants of the apartment building who said that they believed Michalski had been living at a nursing home.

"The last time I saw her was around like three or four year ago, but she was actually here," said Angela Yanez, another tenant.

Neighbors said that 69-year-old Eva Bratcher, the owner of the building and Michalski's daughter, had been arrested soon after the discovery of the body.

"I feel like I'm in a bad dream, like it isn't even real," said Watson. “She was always very sweet to me. I remember growing up, she would visit me in Indiana sometimes."

WGN said that Bratcher had a criminal history and had pleaded guilty to forgery in 2006. She is charged with concealing a death and possessing a fraudulent ID card, both felonies.

Here's a local news report about the incident:

Woman charged after elderly woman found dead in freezer at Northwest Side homewww.youtube.com

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