When Adam Smith opened the yellow door of the freezer in his mother's apartment in St. Louis, he saw a familiar object. Stuck among the frozen food bags and cartons was a small cardboard box that had space in every freezer in every home the 37-year-old had ever shared with his mother.
For years, an unlisted box was shrouded in mystery as his questions about what was inside were largely unanswered, Smith told St. Louis after being sent. The official explanation was that the box contained the top of his mother's old wedding cake, according to KSDK. Maybe, Smith thought, his contents would be a secret hiding place for money.
"I'm 37 and he has been in my freezer for 37 years and they always told me it was the top of the wedding cake"
But since Smith learned over the weekend while cleaning the freezer after his mother's death well, none of this was true. Instead of finding a wedding relic or fresh bills, Smith told KSDK that he made the dreaded discovery inside the box: The remains of a baby wrapped in a pink baby blanket.
"There was still skin, hair and everything else," St. said Louis. "He's mummified."
Smith said his truth left even more questions than before. Could this deceased baby be a sister? What happened to her? Why did his mother never say anything?
"Finding this, I'm more like confused, angry," he said. "I just want to find closure. I want to know more answers. "
Joining Smith in the search for information are detectives from the St. Louis Police Department, the Post-Dispeatch reports, noting that the case is being investigated as a" suspicious death. "A public information officer from the police department confirmed to The Washington Post late Monday that authorities were inspecting the remains.
"The head-killing man was stumbled," Smith told KMOV. "He literally looked at me and said, 'That's good.'
As far as Smith can. he remembered, his mother Barbara was a secret, especially when she became a doodle Talking about the box was considered a "conversation without no," he told KSDK, and every time he asked him, Barbara replied.
"Now I know why," he told the Post.
Although he hasn't looked all these years, Smith's curiosity intensified over the weekend as he sorted his mother's belongings, KTVI reported. On July 23, Barbara died of lung cancer and an apartment in who has lived for more than two decades must be emptied.
So he pulled out the cardboard box, wrapped in colored white plastic, behind a frozen Salisbury steak pot, put it on a nearby table and grabbed a kitchen knife.
Through a pink blanket, Smith told KTVI that he "could feel his foot." Then he saw a head that still had hair. 19659016] "Then I was just scared," he told KSDK. "I put it back in the box and immediately called the police."
KMOV reports that police arrive at the apartment shortly before 1:00 pm on Sunday. Smith submitted a DNA sample to researchers and an autopsy will be performed according to post-shipment.
After opening the box, Smith said he had been consumed with questions about the baby and why his mother kept the remains a secret.
"While on her deathbed, she never told me what was in that box," he told the Post-Dispatch. "It makes me think that maybe she did something to this baby and didn't want to tell anyone because she was afraid she would run into problems."
Smith said he remembered his mother once. has revealed she lost a baby at birth, KTVI reports. He added that he had only recently learned from his relative that his mother had given birth to twins, but one was stillborn and the other was betrayed for adoption.
"I have to wait for the autopsy to see if this baby ever took a breath," he said.
Meanwhile, Smith told KMOV that he was struggling to cope with the shocking discovery. He has just learned that throughout his "life" he has eaten food from a freezer that probably stores his "frozen sister." If the baby is a sibling who died before he was born, Smith told KSDK that he believed the body may have been in the freezer for more than 40 years.
"Who keeps your own baby in a box for so long," he told KTVI. "I just have so many thoughts. It's just crazy.
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