Lancaster City Police charge man for stabbing, placing cadaver head in freezer

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Lancaster City Police say they uncovered a graphic and violent crime scene at a home on the 200 block of Strawberry Street Wednesday.

Police say a relative of 32-year-old Donald Meshey, Jr. called authorities Wednesday morning saying she believed she had seen the head of one of her family members in a freezer.

When officers arrived, they say Meshey, Jr. told them he stabbed what he thought was a ‘cadaver doll’ that looked and sounded like his father for two to three minutes with a knife before dismembering the body and placing the head in a freezer.

The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office later confirmed that the head from the freezer was a human head. 

It was a gruesome discovery and as residents put it, something out of a horror movie. Many residents on the 200 block of West Strawberry St. in Lancaster are in shock, unable to make sense of what happened.

“It’s wild to think that something like that would happen here in the city, here in Lancaster and so close to home,” Angel Rivera, a neighbor, said.

Meshey, Jr. is charged with Criminal Homicide, Abuse of a Corpse, and Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence.

Police say investigators continue to process the crime scene and collect evidence. Investigators identified the victim as a 67-year-old male, Donald L. Meshey

“Once in a while I would see his car and he would walk home. It’s been a while since I’ve seen him, but I didn’t think anything like this would happen, “ Rivera said

Lancaster City Bureau of Police responded to check on an emotional subject at a residence at 202 W. Strawberry Street.

abc27 spoke to neighbors and they said there may have been some tension between them in recent weeks.

“I’m still in shock. I can’t believe. I don’t want to come outside at all. I want locked doors, stay inside. it’s not something I would think would happen,” Rivera added.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to abc27 News on-air and online with the latest.

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