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Missing French chef's body found stuffed in freezer

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Body of missing man is found in a freezer in a Lyon apartment
  • The man's girlfriend has been taken into custody in the case
  • Poinard was a well-known chef in the 1970s and 80s
  • France
  • Crime

Paris, France (CNN) -- The body of a retired restaurateur who's been missing for two years has been found in a freezer in the French city of Lyon, police there told CNN Wednesday.

The corpse of Jean-Francois Poinard, 71, was discovered Tuesday in the apartment he had shared with a girlfriend in Lyon, regarded as the culinary capital of France.

Police said an autopsy will be conducted.

The French newspaper Le Monde cited a police source as saying the man's girlfriend, 51, has been taken into custody in connection with the case.

Police said the body was found after a tip from a close family member of Poinard, who was considered one of Lyon's top chefs in the 1970s and 80s.

CNN's Stephanie Halasz contributed to this report.