Man Found in Freezer Reportedly Killed By His Husband

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 at 8:53 pm

Guess they had a frosty relationship.

A man found dead in the freezer of an abandoned Central California auto shop was married to the man charged with killing him, authorities said.

Police identifiedThomas Kroger, 49, as the person discovered April 14 in a chest freezer at The Shop Customs in Ceres, a small community located in Stanislaus County about 100 miles east of San Francisco.

The Modesto Bee reported that authorities believe Kroger had been killed between December and April 10, but the cause of death remains unknown pending the outcome of autopsy reports. Investigators said they have yet to find any of Kroger’s relatives, adding that he has lived in Modesto, San Francisco, Oklahoma and Texas.

Jacob Cervantes, 26, was called in by detectives for an interview the same day they found the body. He was arrested on suspicion of murder and later pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in the Stanislaus County Superior Court.

In an ironic twist, the suspected killer’s wife had no comment.

Cervantes signed his marriage license to Kroger, claiming no prior spouses, but the newspaper cited public records showing he had a wife. She declined to comment, as did Cervantes’ parents.


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