When Pulaski County, Ky. sheriffs showed up at Jon Whiteford's house to question him about his mother, Faye, he killed himself with a gunshot to the head. Faye Whiteford's body was later found tied up in a tarp near the driveway of a property her son had been renting. Police believe she died of natural causes in the spring of 2011.
Without Whiteford's testimony, law enforcement has been piecing together the story by talking to friends and neighbors, and what they've found is gruesome.
A friend of Whiteford's told police that his mom was always a touchy subject.
"We didn't know she had passed away, and we were afraid to ask," Al Fried said. He speculated that Whiteford, who had to move out of his mom's house after her retirement money wasn't enough to avoid foreclosure, waited to report her death because he didn't want the money to dry up.
After the foreclosure, Whiteford rented a broken-down house in another county and moved his mother's body there, while he lived at a friend's house near his mom's old place.
Because of the cold winter, her remains likely remained frozen until they were discovered last month.