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Police: Man hid woman’s body in closet of Chesterfield home

Posted at 3:56 PM, Oct 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-03 19:12:37-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A man was charged with Unlawful Disposal of a Dead Body and various drug crimes after Chesterfield Police were called to a home on Shady Lane to check on the welfare of a woman.

John S. Nielsen, 43, of Shady Lane, was arrested last week in connection to the August 4 incident.

"The investigation indicates that he placed the body of a deceased adult female in a closet and attempted to conceal her presence in the residence from police," a Chesterfield Police spokesperson said. "There is no indication of foul play in the woman’s death."

The Medical Examiner's Office said the 26-year-old's cause of death was accidental and they did find heroin and fentanyl inside of her system.

In addition to the Unlawful Disposal of Dead Body charge, Nielsen was charged with possession of drugs.

Neighbors told CBS 6 they were shocked about Nielsen's arrest. One neighbor said Nielsen would throw some loud parties, but he was pretty nice.

"I'm surprised because he's a good guy. He would speak... He always looked happy, so I'm very surprised to hear that. That's a shock to me," she said.

This is a developing story.