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Mar 19, 2012 6:33 PM by AP

Body found in ice chest identified

SLIDELL, La. (AP) - The St. Tammany Parish Coroner's office says the body found in an ice chest in a Slidell woman's home was that of 83-year-old Charles Fisher.

St. Tammany Parish coroner, Dr. Peter Galvan, said Monday they used DNA to identify the body. No cause of death has yet been determined.

Charles Fisher is believed to be the father of Debra Fisher, who was arrested for unlawful disposal of remains and mutilating human remains. Authorities say the body might have been hidden inside a 160-quart ice chest for as long as two years.

Fisher's roommate, Heidi Todd, faces a charge of unlawful disposal of remains.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating the possibility that Fisher concealed her father's death to continue receiving his Social Security income.

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