MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities have identified the man found dead in a Shorewood home last month, and the woman accused of killing him is facing murder charges.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office said the victim is identified as 58-year-old Eddie Frank Sole of Shorewood. Authorities said has was found dead on Aug 21, and his 29-year-old girlfriend is accused in his death, then hiding his body in a freezer in the garage.
Jetaun Helen Wheeler has been charged with second-degree murder in the incident.
According to the criminal complaint, Sole had been missing for two weeks before family members called police, who later found the victim’s body in a freezer in Wheeler’s garage.
The complaint states he had told friends and relatives that he was leaving Wheeler because she has “assaulted him and had been acting crazy.”
Relatives expected him to arrive back in Chicago in early August, but when he did not come back, family members went to the home looking for him. Wheeler told them he had in fact returned to Chicago.
When police arrived to execute a search warrant, police discovered two pieces of carpeting rolled up under Wheeler’s mattress. One piece was soaked with a blood-like substance, the complaint said.
The possible blood splatter drew the investigator’s attention to the garage, where they found a brand new freezer concealed behind two mattresses. Inside, the victim’s body was discovered wrapped in plastic and frozen, according to the criminal complaint.
Authorities said an revealed he had blunt force trauma injuries to his face and head, including significant lacerations to his left eye and the left side of his head. He also had contusions to both of his upper arms, defensive wounds to the back of his hands and hemorrhaging in the muscles of his neck.
If convicted of her charge, Wheeler could face up to 40 years in prison.