VENTURA (CBSLA.com) — Police Wednesday announced that a Ventura County mother and son were suspects in the murder of a man whose body was found stored in a freezer.
The body of Jeffrey Korber, 58, was discovered by Ventura police detectives in a freezer inside a unit at Ventura Mini Storage, 3695 Market Street, in June, officials said.
Korber’s family had reported him missing in Laguna Beach in July 2011 after the frequent traveler had failed to contact them.
“Although there were no signs of foul play at that time, the Laguna Beach Police Department conducted an extensive missing person investigation,” Cmndr. Darin Schindler. “That investigation was concluded in early 2012 after Laguna Beach investigators were unable to substantiate if any crime had taken place.”
A VPD investigation revealed that Korber was living with 66-year-old Mary “Francesca” Hannan in Ventura and that the pair was involved in a romantic relationship.
After serving search warrants at Hannan’s home, investigators “believe that Hannan’s son, Michael Bresnak, killed Korber in early 2011 at Hannan’s residence and, with the assistance of Hannan, they had been storing the victim’s body in a freezer at the public storage facility,” Schindler said.
Bresnak, 49, was arrested on June 28 and booked at the Ventura County Jail on a no bond parole violation.
Hannan has yet to be arrested or charged in Korber’s murder.
VPD detectives are continuing to investigate the case and are asking anyone with information about the crime or the persons involved to contact the Ventura Police Department Major Crimes Division at (805) 339-4441.