Woman found frozen in LaPorte home
LAPORTE — A 47-year-old man has been charged with murder in the death of a housemate whose body was found inside a freezer at her home.
Court records show Daniel Shoffner was charged Tuesday. They did not indicate whether he has hired an attorney.
Court documents show Shoffner told police he was demonstrating “knife moves” and accidentally stabbed the woman in the neck, chest, and also once in the hand when she tried to block him.
His daughter called police after he told her what happened. LaPorte police found the body after being called to the home Sunday night.
LaPorte County Prosecutor Robert Szilagyi said the body will have to be thawed before an autopsy can be performed. Authorities haven’t released the woman’s name. Coroner John Sullivan said she was about 70 years old.
A neighbor, Robert Peals, said Shoffner had been living with the woman for several months since her husband’s death.