Missouri man charged in death of wife found in freezer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a southwest Missouri man Wednesday with second-degree murder, alleging he killed his wife in 2015 by hitting her in the head with a hammer and strangling her before stowing the body in a freezer at a storage unit.

Fifty-seven-year-old Larry Dinwiddie, of Marshfield, was also charged with abandonment of a corpse and armed criminal action in Cynthia Dinwiddie’s death. He is jailed on $1 million bond. No attorney was listed for him in online court records.

Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole says managers at the storage facility on the outskirts of the small town of Marshfield found the body Monday in a freezer that was plugged in and padlocked shut after the man fell behind on rental fees. Marshfield is located about 175 miles (281.62 kilometers) southeast of Kansas City.

Cole wrote in the probable cause affidavit that a person who worked at the storage unit then contacted Dinwiddie and encouraged him to remove the freezer from the storage unit where it had been kept for more than six months. The employee said the freezer wasn’t working and was beginning to smell.

Dinwiddie was arrested around 2 p.m. Tuesday when he showed up at the facility with friends to get the freezer. The affidavit said that Dinwiddie described his wife as “an abusive alcoholic” and alleged that she threw a hammer at him during an argument. He said that he couldn’t take it anymore and hit her with “everything” he could.

“After killing her, he was scared and didn’t know what to do with her body, so he drug her to the freezer and put her in it,” the affidavit said. Asked why he kept the corpse in the freezer for four years, Dinwiddie said he “just didn’t know what to do.”

He said friends helped him move the locked freezer from his old house to the storage unit without knowing a person was inside. A man who answered the phone at the storage facility declined to answer questions.

Cole said an autopsy will be conducted Monday after her body defrosts.

Authorities said there was no indication the woman had been reported missing. Cole says the man told people that she had left.

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Rescuers search at a damaged building after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Thumane, western Albania, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Rescue crews used excavators to search for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings after a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania killed at least six people and injured more than 300. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Rescuers search at a damaged building after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Thumane, western Albania, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Rescue crews used excavators to search for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings Tuesday after a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania killed at least 14 people and injured more than 600. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
Rescuers search at a damaged building after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Thumane, western Albania, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Rescue crews used excavators to search for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings Tuesday after a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania killed at least 14 people and injured more than 600. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Rescuers search at a damaged building after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Thumane, western Albania, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Rescue crews used excavators to search for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings Tuesday after a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania killed at least 14 people and injured more than 600. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Rescuers search at a damaged building after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Thumane, western Albania, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. Rescue crews used excavators to search for survivors trapped in toppled apartment buildings after a powerful pre-dawn earthquake in Albania killed at least six people and injured more than 300. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
People stand next to a damaged building after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Durres, western Albania, Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. A strong earthquake has shaken Albania, killing at least four people, injuring 150 and collapsing buildings. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)
Albania shaded relief map, with Tirana capital locator and earthquake epicenter, partial graphic
Albanian women stand near a collapsed building in Thumane, northwest of capital Tirana, after an earthquake hit Albania, on November 26, 2019. - Albanian rescuers were digging through rubble in search of survivors on November 26, after the strongest earthquake in decades claimed at least 13 lives, with victims trapped in the debris of toppled buildings. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 3:54 am local time (0254 GMT), with an epicentre 34 kilometres (about 20 miles) northwest of the capital Tirana in the Adriatic Sea, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP) (Photo by ARMEND NIMANI/AFP via Getty Images)
Emergency workers look for survivers trough the debris at a damaged building in the coastal city of Durres, west of capital Tirana, after an earthquake hit Albania, on November 26, 2019. - Albanian rescuers were digging through rubble in search of survivors on November 26, 2019, after the strongest earthquake in decades claimed at least 13 lives, with victims trapped in the debris of toppled buildings. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 3:54 am local time (0254 GMT), with an epicentre 34 kilometres (about 20 miles) northwest of the capital Tirana in the Adriatic Sea, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. (Photo by Gent SHKULLAKU / AFP) (Photo by GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP via Getty Images)
Albanian soldiers stand in front of a collapsed building in Thumane, northwest of capital Tirana, after an earthquake hit Albania, on November 26, 2019. - Albanian rescuers were digging through rubble in search of survivors on November 26, after the strongest earthquake in decades claimed at least 13 lives, with victims trapped in the debris of toppled buildings. The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 3:54 am local time (0254 GMT), with an epicentre 34 kilometres (about 20 miles) northwest of the capital Tirana in the Adriatic Sea, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. (Photo by Armend NIMANI / AFP) (Photo by ARMEND NIMANI/AFP via Getty Images)
Relatives of people living at a collapsed building cry in Thumane, 34 kilometres (about 20 miles) northwest of capital Tirana, after an earthquake hit Albania, on November 26, 2019. - Eight people died and some 150 were slightly injured in Albania after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, the strongest in decades, rocked the Balkan country early Tuesday. The epicentre of the quake was about 34 kilometres (about 20 miles) northwest of Tirana, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre. (Photo by Gent SHKULLAKU / AFP) (Photo by GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP via Getty Images)
DURRES, ALBANIA - NOVEMBER 26: An ambulance is seen as soldiers and civilians conduct search and rescue operation at a damaged building after 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Albania's Durres city on November 26, 2019. (Photo by Olsi Shehu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
DURRES, ALBANIA - NOVEMBER 26: Soldiers and civilians conduct search and rescue operation at a damaged building after 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Albania's Durres city on November 26, 2019. (Photo by Olsi Shehu/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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