87-year-old woman found dead in refrigerator in Riverside; daughter detained

A house in Riverside with vehicles in driveway
A woman was detained after the body of her 87-year-old mother was found inside a refrigerator in a Riverside home Sunday.

The body of an 87-year-old woman was found inside a refrigerator in her Riverside home Sunday morning, and police detained her daughter for questioning, authorities said.

Riverside police were called around 9:30 a.m. to the 6600 block of New Ridge Drive for a welfare check on a woman after family members said they had not heard from her in recent weeks, said Officer Javier Cabrera, a spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department.

When officers arrived, the woman’s 54-year-old daughter initially told them her mother wasn’t home, but police found inconsistencies in her story, which led them to search the home, Cabrera said.


During the search, authorities discovered the body inside the refrigerator in the garage.

“I’ve been doing this for 19 years, but I’ve never seen anything like this,” Cabrera said.

The daughter, a caretaker for her mother, was detained and brought into the station for questioning, he said, but she was not arrested. Neither of the women has been identified by authorities.

Cabrera said investigators are working to determine the woman’s cause of death.