Police: Woman kept dead grandmother in freezer for 15 years to collect Social Security money

KYW Staff
May 27, 2020 - 4:23 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  A Pennsylvania woman accused of keeping her dead grandmother in a freezer for 15 years so she could collect her Social Security money is now under arrest. 

Cynthia Black told authorities she found her grandmother, Glenora Delahay, dead inside their Ardmore home in 2004.

She said her family needed her grandmother’s Social Security money, so she carried the body to the basement and placed it in a freezer.

Police say when Black moved to York County in 2007, she transported the freezer with her grandmother's body inside to her new home. And, they say, the Social Security income was used to pay the mortgage.

Delahay's body was discovered in February 2019 and later identified through DNA testing.

Black was taken into custody Wednesday and is charged with theft and abuse of corpse.