In a case of weird news that just got that much weirder, a dead man believed to have been sitting for years in a Northern California home was apparently left there by his own son!
The macabre discovery made headlines when a Calaveras County sheriff’s deputy went to a home in the community of Wallace to inform the resident of a relative’s death and found the mummified body in a chair.
At the time of the creepy discovery, a sheriff’s spokesman said that the house apparently hadn’t been entered in three years. Further investigation unraveled the mystery.
The initial report was that the Amador County sheriff’s office had asked their Calaveras County colleagues to go to the Wallace home to tell the resident at that address that his father had died after collapsing at a Jackson business.
But the man who had died in Jackson — Randall Freer, 63 — was actually the son of the man whose body was found in the chair. And the younger man apparently had not reported his father’s death so he could continue to collect the older man’s retirement checks right up until his own death.
The body in the chair has now been identified as Vada Clinton Freer, who would have been 91 this year. No cause of death has been determined, but foul play is not suspected, Calaveras County Coroner Kevin Raggio told the local press.
Raggio told the news site that his office’s investigation found that Vada Freer had not signed a check since 2016, but his bank account remained active, and Randall Freer was apparently receiving close to $3,000 a month from his father’s Social Security and other retirement payments.
Both Freers are listed on address records for the home in Wallace, on the south shore of Camanche Reservoir. The house is on a large lot and set 300 yards back from the road. Randall Freer also is linked to addresses in Stockton. Vada Freer’s wife, Loretta, died in 2006 at age 72, obituary records say.
The Calaveras County sheriff’s department is investigating the theft of the checks. At the request of a nephew in San Andreas, Vada Freer’s body was cremated.