New York Man Allegedly Kept Grandmother's Body in Garbage Bags for Five Months, Used Air Freshener to Mask Smell
A New York City man is facing a battery of charges for allegedly living the last five months in an apartment with his grandmother’s decomposing corpse.
A statement from investigators confirms Christopher Fuhrer, 30, was charged Wednesday with improper burial, concealment of a human corpse, and burial without a permit. Fuhrer faces an additional charge for allegedly failing to report his grandmother’s passing to authorities, according to the statement.
Police were dispatched to the Queens apartment Fuhrer shared with his 85-year-old grandmother, Erika Kraus-Breslin. Out-of-state relatives who hadn’t heard from Kraus-Breslin for months asked if officers could check in on her.
When authorities arrived at the apartment, located in the Ridgewood section of the borough, police were allegedly met by Fuhrer who then directed them to a bedroom where they found Kraus-Breslin’s remains.
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An autopsy will be performed on the corpse to determine the exact cause of death.
Fuhrer allegedly told police he started covering Kraus-Breslin’s body with plastic bags as the smell of her decomposing corpse intensified.
Air fresheners and a fan were allegedly also utilized to conceal the odor.
Fuhrer allegedly told detectives he was worried that he would lose his housing following his grandmother’s death.