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Smyrna Woman Hides Dead Boyfriend in a Box for 10 Days in Home

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SMYRNA, Del. - A Smyrna woman has been arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse after police found her dead boyfriend in a wooden box inside her home.

Delaware State Police say 56-year old Ariane Clark, of Spruce Court, told investigators her boyfriend died on January 6, shortly after she returned home from running errands.

Police say the woman covered her dead boyfriend's body in a garbage bag before putting him in a wooden footlocker. She then sealed it with duct tape and covered it with a blanket.

"It just makes you wonder what the world is coming to. I mean, there's all kinds of crazy stuff going on. It seems like there are so many unstable people," said Tony Bohn, Smyrna.

Detectives say an anonymous tip led them to Clark's home in Holly Hill Estates on January 16, ten days after the victim died.

"I feel as though it's foul play. That's just my opinion. How did you move the body? Why wouldn't you tell somebody? asked Tracey Dearinge of Smyrna.

Dearinge wants to know how Clark determined her boyfriend was dead. Dearinge says he once had a near death experience about seven years ago.

"I came home from work and wasn't feeling well and laid across the bed. About two hours later there was no responding from me. My girlfriend called the ambulance. I was going into a coma. They rushed me to Kent General Hospital and I was there for a week. So what I'm saying is, if a person falls out or faints, how do you determine if a person is dead or not. To me it seems kind of strange for you to hide a body for 10 days," said Dearinge.

Clark and her boyfriend are from Germany. Clark told police she was getting her boyfriend's paperwork in order before calling authorities. She then noticed his passport expired.

Clark then told police she panicked. She feared that if she reported him dead, she would face charges of supporting an undocumented immigrant.

People in Smyrna say others should contact police if they notice anything strange.

"If people in the community see something weird, they should tell somebody right away, especially odd stuff like that," said Bohn.

Clark was released on $5,000. A court date is pending. A medical examiner says the cause of death is undetermined at this time.

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