Woman hid grandmother's body in a freezer to collect checks, judge finds

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Fifteen years.

That's how long prosecutors say Cynthia Black hid her grandmother's death from officials — all the while collecting her Social Security payments.

The remains of Glenora Reckford Delahay were discovered in a chest freezer inside a vacant outbuilding in Warrington Township in 2019. According to court records, Black claimed that Delahay died of natural causes in March 2003, at age 96, at her home in Ardmore.

Cynthia Black

On Wednesday, Judge Gregory M. Snyder found Black, 63, of York Haven, guilty of abuse of a corpse, receiving stolen property and theft in the scheme.

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Delahay's body was discovered by potential home buyers checking an outbuilding on a 2½-acre vacant property along Kralltown Road in Warrington Township. They alerted police after making the grisly discovery in a chest freezer, according to court documents.

Black had lived at the property and moved her grandmother's body from Ardmore, where she first froze it, to Warrington Township in 2007, according to police allegations. She left the freezer behind when she moved to York Haven, documents indicate.

Delahay's remains were in black trash bags, with a blanket placed over the bags, according to police.

Black is scheduled to return to court June 2 for sentencing.

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