Grandmother found dead inside multiple plastic bags

RIDGEWOOD, Queens (WPIX) — A Queens man, terrified that his 85-year-old grandmother's death would leave him homeless, kept her decomposing body wrapped in at least 10 garbage bags for almost half a year, until a concerned relative led police to the horrifying discovery, a law enforcement source said.

The woman, identified as Erika Kraus-Breslin, died in May, according to a law enforcement source. Her grandson, Christopher Fuhrer, 30, is under arrest after months of trying to cover up her death, putting air freshener in a fan to minimize the smell, which began the day after she died, the police source said.

Grandmother found dead in multiple plastic bags
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Grandmother found dead in multiple plastic bags

On Wednesday, officers were sent to her home on 65th Street near 68th Avenue by a concerned family member who called police, NYPD said.

When they arrived, police were met by Fuhrer, who directed them to a bedroom where Kraus-Breslin's wrapped corpse was lying on the floor.

Fuhrer faces a charge each of not reporting death to a health officer, burial/body removal without permit, and improper burial, police said.

The medical examiner will determine Kraus-Breslin's cause of death.

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