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Body of 93-year-old Sebastian woman found in freezer

Officers uncover body of Marie Hoskins during welfare check, police say
Posted at 3:00 PM, Apr 29, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-29 23:03:34-04

SEBASTIAN, Fla. — Police said the body of a 93-year-old woman was found inside a freezer in her garage Thursday in Sebastian.

According to the Sebastian Police Department, officers were called to a home in the 100 block of Paddock Street after a concerned neighbor called and said she hadn't seen the resident, Marie Hoskins, in a while.

"The same officers still kind of had an odd feeling about the situation, decided to kind of follow up with it, exhausted all leads as far as like hospitals or anything where an elderly person might be," Capt. Timothy Wood said.

Officers were unable to reach anyone inside the home, so out of concern for Hoskins' well-being, they got a key from a family member and entered the house.

Inside, police said they found Hoskins' 64-year-old daughter, who told officers she hadn't seen her mother in some time.

"So, they decided to continue in the residence to see if she was inside, at which point, when they went into the garage, they located a chest freezer and there was a deceased person inside," Wood said.

Garage door to Sebastian home where body found in chest freezer
Police say officers found the body of Marie Hoskins in a chest freezer inside the garage of her Sebastian home.

Hoskins' daughter — whose name has not been released — went to the Sebastian Police Department to be questioned by detectives.

Neighbors like Richard Maloney were saddened by the news.

"It’s sad and kind of shocking," Maloney said.

Brandon Kahn lives next door. He said he rarely saw his 93-year-old neighbor.

"It was rarely," he said. "Every now and then I'd see her grabbing her mail or something like that."

Police were working with the state attorney and medical examiner's office on the investigation.