On Monday, Chicago police discovered the body of a missing landlord stuffed inside a freezer located at the home. A tenant, who rented a room in the landlord’s house, was believed to be connected to the grisly murder and taken into custody.
Frances Walker, the landlord, resided in her home for decades and sometimes rented out rooms to other females.
Neighbor Miranda Castillo told WFLD, “I know that she’s very friendly. She’s familiar with everybody else in the neighborhood.”
Another neighbor, Andy, noted that Walker tended to the garden in her front yard every morning, so it became suspicious when neighbors did not see her for several days.
“We just assumed she was sick because it’s flu season,” said Andy. “And then we started to realize she wasn’t around and tried calling her. We received no text or call and that’s when we thought something had happened.”
One of Walker’s tenants called the police on Monday to report her missing and request a well-being check.
Chicago Police Department Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan stated, “When the police arrived, that individual told the police there was another suspect who lived in the residence who the other tenants were afraid of. And that suspect had recently called a tow truck and carried a heavy bag out to the tow truck.”
Authorities tracked down the tow truck driver, who reported that the person he was transporting had pulled a knife on him. When officers arrived at that scene, they took the suspect into custody.
The driver revealed that the suspect had allegedly tossed a large bag into a garbage can about three miles from the residence. Police located the trash bag and discovered that it was filled with blood-soaked towels and animal remains.
“Based upon that evidence the detectives were able to go into the residence, and they eventually discovered human remains in a freezer,” Deenihan reported. “At that point we backed out of the residence to secure a search warrant.”
Walker’s body had been dismembered, and the tenant suspected to be responsible for the gruesome murder was placed under arrest, sources told WFLD.
The female tenant is currently being questioned by authorities but is not cooperating with the investigation, the news outlet reported.
The Chicago Police Department opened a homicide investigation, but no charges have been filed at this time.