A head and body parts found in a drug-addicted woman’s freezer are those of a dealer who disappeared last year.
NYPD detectives have identified the remains as belonging to 40-year-old Kawsheen Gelzer, also known as Dave Draper, sources told DailyMail.com.
Heather Stines, 45, was detained on Monday night after cops received a tip about the grisly find and found the body parts in her freezer in Brooklyn.
Stines is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at Brookdale Hospital after being interrogated by detectives, who are so far only charging her with concealing a body.
The mother-of-two told police her husband Nicholas McGee killed Gelzer in September in a dispute over drugs, then chopped him up and put the pieces in the freezer.
‘She has said that, and we believe it to be true,’ a source said, adding that the case was being investigated as a suspected drug-related homicide.
Heather Stines, 45, (pictured) was detained on Monday night after cops received a tip about the grisly find, sources told DailyMail.com
Stines told police her husband Nicholas McGee (left) killed Gelzer in September in a dispute over drugs, then chopped him up and put the remains in the freezer
McGee has been in a Chesapeake, Virginia, jail since September after he was accused of trying to cash a fraudulent check in a bank.
Law enforcement sources told DailyMail.com police were still investigating how much involvement Stines had with the crime.
‘She’s saying it was her husband, but he’s in jail and she’s there with a dead body,’ one said.
Asked if they believed McGee killed Gelzer they said: ‘Could be. I don’t think she would have been able to chop up the body by herself.
‘Maybe they were together… we don’t know how long this guy has been in the fridge.’
Gelzer was convicted of first degree sexual abuse, contact by forcible compulsion, that he committed on August 8, 2004, criminal records showed.
NYPD confirmed that they were called to the apartment on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn at 7.10pm.
Once there, sources said officers saw a suspiciously taped up refrigerator that Stines was adamant they didn’t open it as they tried to inspect it.
Stines was arrested when she tried to stop the officers from looking inside.
Officers found the body parts inside black plastic bags inside both the fridge and freezer and removed them from the apartment for DNA testing.
Gelzer was identified from his distinctive gang tattoos that matched arrest records.
The medical examiner is still determining a cause of death, which may take time as they ‘have to wait for [parts of] the body to thaw out’.
NYPD detectives have identified the remains as belonging to 40-year-old Kawsheen Gelzer, also known as Dave Draper
The NYPD earlier said that officers ‘observed an unconscious and unresponsive, unidentified male inside the apartment’.
‘EMS responded and pronounced the aided deceased on the scene,’ NYPD said in a statement.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.
It’s unclear how long the body was in the freezer before police found it, but neighbors told DailyMail.com Stines never let anyone in her kitchen.
Stines’s elderly aunt, Amy Stines, expressed her shock and horror at the news when reached on Tuesday.
‘Oh God, I just can’t fathom this,’ the 79-year-old from Kentucky told DailyMail.com.
She said her niece has had longstanding drug problems and moved from Kentucky six years ago hoping to escape her problems.
According to the aunt, Heather was living with her husband in an apartment in Brooklyn, and was earning some money cleaning apartments.
She said she reached out to her niece on Sunday to see how she was and catch up on things, but got no response.
McGee was due to appear in court on Tuesday morning, his sister-in-law Catherine McGee, 55, said.
NYPD confirmed that they were called to the apartment on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn (pictured) at 7.10pm on Monday
A cop stands guard in the apartment building Tuesday
She told DailyMail.com that the couple are both drug abusers, who’d used heroin and crack, and been arrested multiple times. She said Heather relapsed a ‘year or two’ ago after learning that one of her daughters had died of a drug overdose.
The sister-in-law said she had yet to speak with Nicholas about the police investigation.
‘He’s going to be f**king devastated because he’s coming out of jail and she’s possibly going into jail, for a possible murder,’ she said.
Darrell, who lives across the hall from Stines in the Brooklyn block and sometimes loaned her cash, said he knew she was a drug addict and people tried to break into her apartment at least twice looking for money she owed for drugs.
He said he last saw McGee, who was ‘a cool guy’ in the last week of August.
‘They got into an argument one night and I haven’t seen him since,’ he said.
‘A couple of days later she said “my husband got locked up, I don’t have my food stamp card, do you have $10?” I said sure.
‘A couple of days ago she said detectives were here looking for my husband and I told them he was in jail.
‘She’s cool as hell, I would never expect she’d have a head in her freezer, hell no.’
Body parts were found in a freezer in Apartment 4C in a 2069 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn
Heather Stines, 45, was detained on Monday night after cops received a tip about a severed head and body parts in the freezer in her Brooklyn home
Another couple who lived in the building said Stines was so addicted to crack and heroin she had sold ‘everything of value’ in her apartment, even her TV.
‘She’s what we call a garbage can addict, she’ll do any drugs,’ they said.
‘Heather is one of the people bringing this building down, nobody would be sad if she went to jail.’
The couple said Stines recently started hanging out with a short black man with dreadlocks, whom she was seen with frequently – as recently as the weekend.
Stines’ aunt Amy said her niece had several children from prior relationships who were taken away from her.
As far as she knew, child protective services took the kids away after finding her to be neglectful.
‘The worst I know of is she lost her children because somebody reported them sleeping on the floor because she didn’t have any beds,’ the aunt said.
‘She said she threw the beds away because of bed bugs. They slept on palettes.’
The old building with ‘Flatbush Court’ engraved above the always-unlocked door was poorly maintained with graffiti on the walls and chips all through the lobby’s plaster. Most of the shops nearby are boarded up and piles of trash bags line both sides of the door
‘My husband said let’s go buy them some beds, and the next thing we knew she didn’t have the kids,’ she added.
‘She went to live with her cousin, then stole her computer. She also stole some money from me and my husband. She just would run off. You couldn’t do anything with her.’
‘Even though she was bad, she was sweet,’ the aunt said. ‘She was nice as can be.’
A few years back, the aunt recalled, ‘Heather said she had to get away from here. And I said you think New York is better than here? I told her there’s more drugs in New York.
‘She said she was going to come back here to Kentucky at some point, and I was going to let her stay with me,’ she continued.
‘But she never did come back. She’d text me over the years at times for money. I’d always ask if she’s in trouble and she’d say, no, just running low.’
The old building with ‘Flatbush Court’ engraved above the always-unlocked door was poorly maintained with graffiti on the walls and chips all through the lobby’s plaster.
Most of the shops nearby are boarded up and piles of trash bags line both sides of the door.