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Cold case is a term used to describe a criminal investigation that has not been solved, and is no longer being investigated. Although a recent discovery in North Carolina may not fall under the definition, it is certainly adding a new meaning to the phrase. A North Carolina woman has been arrested after her longtime boyfriend's body was found in a freezer. 41 year-old Wendy Green was the live-in girlfriend of David Reuben Green, Jr., who has been reported missing since early September. In reality, Green has been dead since sometime in April.
The couple never married, but have two teenage children together -- one of which is currently reported as missing, the other is serving time in a local jail on burglary charges. The Examiner reports that Green died as a result of severe trauma to his head and, "is believed to have suffered severe injuries from several weapons and cutting instruments." At this point, it is unclear what the motive behind the murder was.
Investigators did an initial search of the property back in September, but did not find any clues. The Examiner quotes Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Phyllis Stephens, "They continued to investigate, and went back out there to do another search. Investigators were looking around and they saw a freezer. They opened it up and there he was." The power had been shut off in the house since August, and police were attracted to the freezer based on a "powerful" (and likely very unpleasant) smell.
Wendy Green has been arrested and charged with first degree murder, and is being held without bail. At the time of her arrest, she was carrying David Green's credit cards in her purse. For now, the focus has turned to finding 15 year-old David Green Junior III. As with every missing person case, time is of the essence and police have serious concerns for the teenager's safety. Perhaps the potential connection between Green and her son's disappearance also serves to explain the judge's decision not to allow for bail (which would allow Green to get out of jail temporarily) in this ongoing case.