ARMUCHEE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a man in northwest Georgia killed his grandmother by stuffing her into a freezer while she was still alive.
Floyd County police discovered the body of 82-year-old Doris Cumming Thursday night at the Armuchee home she shared with her grandson, Robert Keith Tincher III, 29.
Tincher has been charged with murder, aggravated assault and concealing the death of another. He remains incarcerated in Rome. It is not known if he has an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Police said Cumming’s family believed she had left the state, but became concerned after not hearing from her and reported that she may be missing.
Police said they believe Cumming was injured in a fall in December and instead of getting her treatment, Tincher dragged her home. The criminal charges say Tincher “heard and saw many bones breaking.” He then wrapped her in plastic bags and placed her in a large freezer, with the charges saying that Tincher ‘admitted that his back had been broken upon entering the freezer’. The charges say there was “no altercation or provocation” before the acts.
“From what we determined at the time, he thought she was still breathing and had some movement as she went into the freezer,” Floyd County Investigator Brittany Werner said. , at WAGA-TV.
Tincher continued to live in the house with the body inside the freezer for months, but moved it to a storage unit in March, fearing Cumming’s body would be found.
Werner said Tincher told police he didn’t call 911 because he was wanted for arrest in connection with 2018 terrorist threats against his wife.
Tincher also told investigators how much he loved his grandmother.
“He said she was the only family member who gave him the courtesy, love and attention he needed,” Werner said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation conducts an autopsy to determine Cumming’s cause and time of death.