Floyd County man accused of leaving grandmother in freezer to die

Last updated April 17, 2022 @ 12:32 PM ET

FLOYD COUNTY, GA – A Floyd County man is accused of killing his grandmother by shoving her in a freezer while she was still alive, according to police.

Doris Cumming, 82, was discovered dead late Thursday in the Armuchee house she shared with her grandson, 29-year-old Robert Keith Tincher III.

Tincher was charged with murder, aggravated violence, and concealing someone else’s death. He is still being held by authorities. It’s unknown whether he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.

According to police, Cumming’s family thought she had left the state, but after not hearing from her, they became concerned and reported her missing.

Police suspect Cumming was hurt in a fall in December and that instead of seeking medical attention,  Tincher wrapped her in plastic bags and stuffed her in a large freezer. 

According to reports, Tincher “acknowledged her back broke going into the freezer.” Police do not suspect an altercation or provocation took place prior. 

Reports indicate the suspect knew his grandmother was still alive after being placed in the freezer.

Tincher lived in the house for months with the body inside the freezer, but relocated it to a storage unit in March, fearing Cumming’s body would be discovered.

It is believed Tincher told police he didn’t contact 911 because he was wanted for questioning in connection with terroristic threats made against his wife in 2018 (see indictment below).

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Part of an indictment against Robert Keith Tincher III from 2018 for terroristic threats.

Cumming’s death is being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is performing an autopsy to determine the cause and time of death.