Police say a Florida woman kept the body of a 40-year-old man in a trash can after he died to keep collecting his Social Security benefits.
48-year-old Michelle Haney was arrested Wednesday by Manatee County Sheriff’s deputies after the body was found in a trash can being stored at a neighbor’s home.
Investigators said Haney told them Jon Christopher Leonard died in July of what appeared to be natural causes. Haney and Leonard had been living together at the time. Instead of calling authorities, investigators said Haney stored Leonard’s body in a closet, before sealing it in a trash can three weeks later.
She then took the trash can to a neighbor’s house, and told the neighbor that she’d be back for it later. Investigators said the neighbor was apparently unaware of what was inside. He called authorities after he smelled an odor and opened the container.
Haney told investigators that she kept the body so she could continue receiving his benefits.
She now facing charges of abuse of a corpse but could be facing more charges, news outlets reported.