Police: Pennsylvania man charged with homicide after human head found in his apartment freezer

Warning: This article contains disturbing details that may be upsetting to readers.Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, say a man was arrested after a human head was found in a freezer.Donald Meshey Jr., 32, is charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.Police said they responded around 8:51 a.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 200 block of West Strawberry Street after a woman reported she was concerned about the welfare of a family member.She told police that Meshey told her there was a head in a freezer and a cadaver in a bed. She said she saw what she believed to be the head of a family member in a freezer.According to court documents, Meshey escorted the responding officer to the kitchen in his apartment and removed what appeared to be a human head on a white dinner plate from the freezer.The coroner later confirmed the head was human, police said.Detectives who interviewed Meshey said he told them he found what he described as a “cadaver doll” in his father’s bedroom early Tuesday morning. The “cadaver doll” sounded and looked like his father, he said.According to court documents, Meshey admitted he stabbed the “cadaver doll” in the chest for two to three minutes with an eight- or nine-inch knife, then used a hand saw to dismember the body.Court documents allege Meshey put the severed arms, legs and head in garbage bags, which he placed in the basement.Meshey retrieved the head Wednesday morning and put it in the kitchen freezer, police said.According to court documents, Meshey then put the torso in a garbage bag and placed it in a footlocker. He used a hand truck to transport the footlocker outside and put it in a car, police said.”You can’t imagine running into something like this. Obviously, it’s a traumatic experience for anyone to experience, including police officers, so yeah, it’s a horrific scene,” Cpt. Michael Winter said.The coroner’s office has identified the victim as 67-year-old Donald Meshey. The cause of death was multiple stab wounds.The incident is still under investigation.

Warning: This article contains disturbing details that may be upsetting to readers.

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Police in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, say a man was arrested after a human head was found in a freezer.

Donald Meshey Jr., 32, is charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Police said they responded around 8:51 a.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 200 block of West Strawberry Street after a woman reported she was concerned about the welfare of a family member.

She told police that Meshey told her there was a head in a freezer and a cadaver in a bed. She said she saw what she believed to be the head of a family member in a freezer.

According to court documents, Meshey escorted the responding officer to the kitchen in his apartment and removed what appeared to be a human head on a white dinner plate from the freezer.

The coroner later confirmed the head was human, police said.

Detectives who interviewed Meshey said he told them he found what he described as a “cadaver doll” in his father’s bedroom early Tuesday morning. The “cadaver doll” sounded and looked like his father, he said.

According to court documents, Meshey admitted he stabbed the “cadaver doll” in the chest for two to three minutes with an eight- or nine-inch knife, then used a hand saw to dismember the body.

Court documents allege Meshey put the severed arms, legs and head in garbage bags, which he placed in the basement.

Meshey retrieved the head Wednesday morning and put it in the kitchen freezer, police said.

According to court documents, Meshey then put the torso in a garbage bag and placed it in a footlocker. He used a hand truck to transport the footlocker outside and put it in a car, police said.

“You can’t imagine running into something like this. Obviously, it’s a traumatic experience for anyone to experience, including police officers, so yeah, it’s a horrific scene,” Cpt. Michael Winter said.

The coroner’s office has identified the victim as 67-year-old Donald Meshey. The cause of death was multiple stab wounds.

The incident is still under investigation.

Contributed by local news sources

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