What should he do about the dead woman in the freezer? the 59-year-old man inquired of Spokane police. Detectives who responded to the Chateaux Apartments found the body of a 57-year-old woman inside a chest-style freezer, Capt. Bruce Roberts said.

Police did not identify the man but said he was the woman's caregiver. He told them he arrived at the woman's apartment about a week ago and found her dead, then put her in the freezer.

"His underlying motivation, at least what he told us, was he wanted to preserve her dignity," Roberts told The Spokesman-Review. "It's unique and unusual, but at this point there is nothing criminal."

The man was sent to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.

Detectives couldn't remove the woman, so they "took the whole freezer," Roberts said. There were no obvious signs of foul play but an autopsy was planned once the body thawed.

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