Homicide suspect stores decapitated head in freezer, dismembered body in his home: cops

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Source: MEGA; Lancaster police

Aug. 12 2021, Published 2:05 p.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania man is under arrest after police discovered a severed head in his freezer as well as a dismembered body in the apartment.

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Shortly before 9 a.m. Aug. 11, Lancaster police responded to a residence after a woman became concerned for family members living in the building.

The woman claimed Donald Lawrence Meshey Jr., 32, “told her that there was a cadaver in one of the beds in the home and there was a head in the freezer,” police said.

The woman said she also observed in the freezer “what she believed to be the head of one of her family members,” according to police.

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Meshey let an officer into his home, took him to the kitchen and removed from the freezer what the Coroner’s Office later confirmed was the human head of an adult male. Meshey was taken into custody and transported to the Lancaster City Police Station, where he told detectives he found in his father’s room what he described as a “cadaver doll” that “looked and sounded like his father,” police said.

According to police, Meshey allegedly confessed to stabbing the “cadaver doll” for several minutes and then dismembering the body.

Police have not released the victim’s identity.

Meshey faces charges of criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. The investigation is ongoing.

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