BOUNTIFUL — Family members hadn't heard from Laura Hauck and her 18-year-old son, Jeremy, in days. They'd called and knocked on their door with no response.

On Monday, they called police to check on the pair.

Officers arrived at their condo at 449 E. 400 North and got no answer at the door. Noticing a window open on the upper level, officers used a ladder to get inside.

"They find blood on a mattress inside of the house," Bountiful Police Lt. Randy Pickett said Monday. "Something had been drug — there was blood — to one of those small chest freezers."

"They opened it up and there was a body frozen inside," Pickett said.

Investigators remained at the home late Monday waiting for the body to thaw so that it could be removed from the home. Pickett said investigators did not know if it was a man or a woman's body, since only a leg was visible.

Thawing meat that had been taken out of the freezer to make room to conceal the body was creating an awful smell inside the home, police said.

Police found a couple of .22-caliber shell casings and recovered a rifle from the home but do not believe the rifle was used in what they are investigating as a homicide.

As crime scene investigators went through the home on Monday afternoon, neighbors gathered, stunned by what they were learning. Family friend Terry Madsen said she had visited the Haucks last week.

"I didn't sense anything wrong. She seemed happy and Jeremy was his own quiet self," she said. "Jeremy was the most responsible and most respectful teenager that I'd met in a long time."

She described Laura Hauck as a 50-year-old single mother who worked for a scrapbooking company and was raising her son.

"He had just graduated and wanted to go to Weber State and study forensics. He wanted to be a CSI dude," she said as crime scene investigators were seen going in and out of the home.

Officers were looking for a blue 2001 Toyota Corolla four-door with a temporary sticker. Neighbor Lindsey Bateman said she hadn't seen it in a while.

"It's been gone all weekend," she said.

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Police put out an attempt to locate across the state for the car, which they believe is tied to the death.

At press time, police still hadn't said whether they had identified the body or gender. Police also had not disclosed whether they believed one of the family members was involved in the death, or if they believe both mother and son could be victims.

Outside the home, anxious family members gathered in the rain. They were visibly upset as they were updated on the investigation by police.


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