SHOREWOOD, Minn. - A Shorewood woman has been charged with second-degree murder after the body of her 58-year-old boyfriend was found in a freezer at her home.
The South Lake Minnetonka Police Department found the body on Wednesday in response to a missing persons request.
Authorities searched Jetaun Wheeler's home on the 5700 block of Wood Duck Circle. In her garage, they found what appeared to be a brand new freezer. When they opened it, they found the victim's body.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office said the victim, who police are not identifying at this time, had blunt force trauma injuries to his face and significant lacerations.
Police said they also found two pieces of carpet rolled up under Wheeler's mattress. One piece was soaked in a blood-like substance.
Authorities said they were searching for the victim as part of an ongoing investigation involving an adult man who had been reported missing.
According to police, the victim's brother said the victim failed to show up for a family visit in Chicago and that nobody had spoken to him since the end of July.
Police said they accompanied the victim's family to Wheeler's house on Aug. 13. When Wheeler answered the door, she told police the victim had left for Chicago and that she hadn't heard from him.
Police later learned that the victim had told a friend that Wheeler had previously assaulted him.
After investigators canvassed the neighborhood, one neighbor reported that the last time he saw the victim, he was having a loud argument with Wheeler in the driveway.