Human head found in Lancaster freezer; man charged with homicide

The Associated Press

LANCASTER — A Pennsylvania man faces homicide charges after a human head was found in a freezer at his family's home and a dismembered body was found in a bed.

Donald Meshey Jr., 32, also faces counts of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and abuse of a corpse. It wasn't known Thursday if he's retained an attorney.

Lancaster police went to the home around 8:50 a.m. Wednesday in a response to a phone call from a woman asking for a welfare check on a relative. She said Meshey had told her there was a head in a freezer at the home and a body in a bed. She also told police she believed she had seen the head in the freezer while inside the residence.

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When officers spoke with Meshey, he took them to the kitchen and removed what appeared to be a human head from the freezer. The Lancaster County Coroner’s Office later confirmed the head was human, police said.

Meshey later told detectives he stabbed a body in his father's bedroom multiple times and then dismembered the body, which he referred to as a “cadaver doll.” Police did not include further information about what that meant.

Officials have not yet confirmed the victim's identity, saying only that it was a male and that an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday. It also wasn't clear how many people lived in the home or if anyone else was there when the attack occurred.