Joplin police looking for wife of man’s body found inside a freezer

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JOPLIN, Mo (KSNF). -Police are still looking for 67-year-old Barbara Watters for a charge of abandonment of a corpse.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Watters is possibly armed and has threatened police and other people in the past.

She drives a white Lincoln with a Missouri license plate, number TC4-S9Z.

The body found inside of a freezer in her bedroom is that of her late husband, Paul Barton.

Barton’s death was never reported to the coroner’s office but police now believe he died on December 30 of 2018 at 70-years-old.

The cause of his death is not yet known, but an autopsy is scheduled. This all started Tuesday when police received a tip about human remains inside the home.

Authorities got a search warrant and began an investigation, which is on-going.

Neighbors describe Watters as mentally unstable telling us she was always nervous and mistrusts the government.

If you see Watters, do not approach or follow her, and call Joplin police at 417-623-3131 extension 881.

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