A man’s naked body was found in a freezer in his Napa, Calif., apartment, in the third bizarre death in the area in two days.
Police found the body Tuesday during a welfare check at the request of the 54-year-old man’s brother-in-law, who said he hadn’t seen or heard from the victim since the end of February, Lt. Debbie Peecock told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The man was found kneeling inside the horizontal freezer in his apartment, which is in a halfway house, according to KRON4.
The door to his house was not locked, which is not unusual, police said. There were no signs of forced entry or a struggle.
The victim’s brother-in-law said it was “extremely unlikely” the man was murdered, but police are investigating whether it was a suicide or homicide.
Authorities have not yet released the victim’s name.
The find is the latest in a string of strange deaths in Napa Valley. A winemaker allegedly killed a former investor execution-style in a murder suicide Monday. Later that day, police found a 66-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman dead in an apartment after the pair had not been seen in a week. Authorities are investigating the case as suspicious.