Skip to comments.Man kept dead mom in Kentucky freezer for 3 years
Posted on 05/07/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT by Gamecock
SOMERSET, Ky. A Kentucky man kept his dead mother in a freezer for three years while spending her Social Security checks, then killed himself as police tried to unravel the mystery of what happened to her, according to the Pulaski County sheriffs office.
Police suspect that Jon Whiteford dumped the body of his mother, Faye B. Whiteford, who would have been 96 this year, at an empty house after he was forced to move out of the home they had shared.
A detective found the body on April 23, wrapped in a tarp and lying in the yard, according to a news release issued yesterday.
The grim case began to unfold in February, when federal investigators contacted Sheriff Todd Wood for help in locating Faye Whiteford, a retired school teacher, and her son.
The Social Security Administration was paying monthly benefits to Faye Whiteford, but she had not logged a medical claim in her name for about three years an obvious red flag, given her age.
Federal agents told sheriffs detectives that Whitefords son had access to her finances.
Detectives went to Whitefords home in Science Hill, but it was empty.
In early March, police located Jon Whiteford, 59, when he went to the Social Security office in Somerset to apply for benefits in his name.
Whiteford told police that his home had been repossessed and that he had been living in his car.
He also confirmed that his mother was dead, but he refused to say how or when she died or tell them where her body was.
As police investigated, they learned that Jon Whiteford was staying at a house next door to where he had lived with his mother in Science Hill.
A deputy went to the house on March 29 to talk to Whiteford again. As the deputy stood at the door, Whiteford pulled a pistol and killed himself, said Lt. detective Brett Whitaker.
Police kept trying to find out what had happened to Faye Whiteford. They eventually received information suggesting that her son had been trying to rent a house in neighboring Wayne County.
On April 23, Whitaker went to that house, an older structure in need of repair in a rural area.
Whitaker found a tied-up tarpaulin lying in the yard beside the driveway at the house, with Faye Whitefords body inside.
The bodys identity was confirmed this week, state police said.
The investigation indicated that Faye Whiteford had been bedridden for several years, and that her son was her primary caregiver and had control of her finances. She didnt have other close relatives nearby, Whitaker said.
People who knew the family said Whiteford died of natural causes sometime in 2011.
Jon Whiteford decided to continue drawing his mothers Social Security and retirement benefits, making the fateful decision to her body in a freezer until he was forced to move out of their home, according to Woods office.
Was that wrong?
I wonder how ‘she’ voted.
Hmmm, April 23rd - would have been ghastly to discover it May 11th....
I heard they found a family in Lloyd Braun’s freezer.
Serenity now. Insanity later.
Would it be tacky to ask that McConnell take her place for the next three years????
My initial reaction: That poor woman.
My secondary reaction: Welcome to the DemoncRAT Party.
I saw the movie already.
“A Kentucky man kept his dead mother in a freezer for three years”
Wonder what else might be considered a "red flag" under Obamacare? With all the inevitable shared databases, the possibilities are endless. Might be cut off if you buy too much red meat. (First they came for junk food junkies, but...)
Of course. Whiteford wasn't kicking back any of the fruits of government fraud to Obama and his minions.
Actually, that's a good point. The SSA really should be checking for these scenarios and periodically verifying that the person is still alive, as a fraud prevention measure.
Nah. That would just disenfranchise the Dems prime voting demographic. </sarc>
The wages of crime.
But they should keep the audit expenses in line with the amount of fraud occurring.
Got to keep those dead voters on the rolls.
The SSA really should be checking for these scenarios and periodically verifying that the person is still alive,...”
I’m sure that’s going to happen real soon. Always been my thought that people should have to reapply in person with SSA at least every three years or they get dropped from the rolls.
I’m sure the Whiteford case was only the tip of the iceberg. Once you apply for a SS# and receive your card it’s yours for life and even after death.
Mother's Day feel-good story < |:/~
‘As the deputy stood at the door, Whiteford pulled a pistol and killed himself’
We fixed the glitch.