Daughter hid mother’s body in freezer to avoid having to move out of apartment

A Japanese woman has been arrested after a cleaner found her mother’s body in a freezer, where it had been for 10 years, The Japan Times reports.

Yumi Yoshino, 48, reportedly told police that she came home and found her mother dead a decade ago. She hid the body because she “didn’t want to move out” of the apartment in Tokyo they shared, and her mother, believed to be about 60, had signed the lease.

The cleaner found the body after Yoshino had been evicted for failure to pay more than $10,000 rent.

Police said there were no visible wounds on the mother’s body, but authorities couldn’t determine when she died or the cause of death.

Yoshino reportedly bent the body to fit it into the freezer, which was hidden in a closet.

She was arrested at a hotel in the city of Chiba on Friday.

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