The remains of a 70-year-old North Carolina woman were found in the basement of her home, buried in concrete, earlier this month, and police have charged her former caregiver with murder .
The remains of a woman were found buried in concrete in the basement of her home
Lynn Gay Keene’s family filed a missing persons report on July 30, about six weeks after they last heard from her on June 14.
Avery County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to her Linville Falls home and discovered that Keene’s 2000 Lincoln Town Car was missing.
Three days later, on Aug. 2, the Cherokee Police Department found Keene’s car abandoned about 100 miles southwest of his home.
The Avery County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation obtained a search warrant for Keene’s home and made the grim discovery.
“During the search, detectives and SBI agents found human remains buried in concrete in the basement of the home,” a spokesperson for the Avery County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
“An autopsy was performed on the human remains that were located and it was determined through dental records that the remains were those of Ms. Keene. The autopsy also concluded that the cause of death was a homicide and that Keene did not die of natural causes. ”
Elizabeth Freeman, the 53-year-old former caregiver who was wanted on charges of theft of a motor vehicle, financial card theft and identity theft, was finally located at a hospital.
She was under medical care for a drug-related problem, Avery County Sheriff Kevin Frye said.
Freeman is being held in the Avery County Jail on a secured bond of more than $1.6 million, Frye said Sunday.
Authorities previously said other persons of interest may have been involved in Keene’s murder.
Before Freeman was located, investigators said Elizabeth Carserino may also have been named. Police were also searching Dorchester County, South Carolina, and Cummings, Georgia, because she has relatives in both areas.