TWO women allegedly hid their roommate’s dead body in their New York home for a week while hosting several parties.
The Johnsontown Police Department arrested the two women for allegedly concealing the body of Patricia Barter, 62, after a suspected overdose.
Stephanie Hillburn, 43, was arrested last week and charged with the concealment of a human corpse.
The felony charge could get her up to four years in prison, according to WRIC.
The other roommate, Deborah Elgin, is currently in prison for other, unrelated charges and will likely face a similar charge.
Police found Barter’s body after receiving an anonymous call for a welfare check on Valentine’s Day this year.
Police said when they began speaking to Hillburn and Elgin about their roommate, the pair became nervous.
They then discovered Barter’s corpse in her bedroom, and she appeared to have been there for some time.
Detectives said that an investigation showed that Barter likely died of an overdose during the week of February 6.
The roommates then moved her body to the bedroom “in an attempt to conceal Barter’s corpse from being discovered by guests,” police said.
The pair then continued to live with the dead body in their home, even hosting several parties over the next week, police said.
Cops believe the pair didn’t report that Barter had died because they feared other illegal activity they were engaged in would be discovered.
After warrants were issued for both women, police said Hillburn tried to evade them.
She was arrested with a group for charges related to possession of a hypodermic instrument last week and handed over to the Johnstown police.
Eglin was already incarcerated in New York state prison for an unrelated offense.