Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Probable cause: Joplin woman stuffed her husband, dead nearly a year, in the freezer

According to the probable cause statement, a Joplin woman stuffed her dead husband in a freezer in her bedroom, resulting in a felony charge of abandonment of a corpse.

An arrest warrant was issued earlier today for Barbara Watters, 67, who is still at large at this writing, with her bond set at $100,000 cash only.

From the probable cause statement:

On or about 11-11-2019, police received information that Paul N Barton died on December 30th, 2018 and was being kept by his wife, Barbara Watters, in a freezer in her bedroom at 2602 S Vermont Ave, Joplin, Jasper County MO. 

 On 11-12-2019, police executed a search warrant at 2602 S Vermont Ave. 

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