- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A 59-year-old man has been charged with abuse of a corpse after the body of his 87-year-old father, who died more than a year ago, was found inside the father’s Aurora home.

Edward Fitchett is being held on $280,000 bail in Marion County jail. He appeared in court Friday. He is also charged with theft and criminal mistreatment.

He was arrested Thursday after Marion County sheriff’s detectives found the body of Henry Conley Fitchett inside the home. Prosecutors say he died more than a year ago and the son is accused of moving his corpse sometime in December 2015.

Edward Fitchett’s wife, Rose, told the Oregonian/OregonLive Friday that her father-in-law’s body was found inside a freezer.

Family members contacted police last month to report that Fitchett had not been seen since last September.

Before his arrest, Edward Fitchett told KOIN-TV that he wanted to know where his dad was.

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