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By Lynn Curwin     Aug 12, 2010 in Crime
Lyon - The body of a chef who went missing two years ago was found in his girlfriend’s freezer this week. Authorities said Jean-François Poinard was placed in the freezer after being beaten to death in November 2008.
Guylene Collober, 51, admitted to killing the 71-year-old chef; who had been very popular in Lyon from the 1960s to the early 1990s. She bought the freezer as storage for his corpse.
Poinard and Collober became a couple after he retired. Although the chef was well-liked, his girlfriend was not.
CBC reported that Thibault Worth, a Paris-based journalist for Radio France Internationale, told them that “He (Poinard) was a fourth-generation member of one of Lyon's great cooking dynasties, and he was active for a long period of time.”
He said Collober was called narcissistic, possessive and violent. Neighbours reported seeing the chef with cuts and bruises.
The Globe and Mail reported that the caretaker at Poinard’s apartment building said she often heard he couple quarreling.
When Collober was drinking with her daughter, she mentioned that something unfortunate had happened to Poinard. The daughter called police.
The Globe and Mail reported that when the police arrived at her home, Collober began crying and told them, “I think you’ll find what you’re looking for.”
Poinard’s body was found lying in the fetal position in a freezer, covered with plastic bags. At first, Collober blamed extortionists for the murder, but later admitted to beating him to death and leaving the body in her bathroom for several days before she purchased the freezer.
Collober is in custody and an autopsy on Poinard’s body will be performed once it has thawed.
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