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Body of Missing Woman Found Encased in Concrete

Her live-in caretaker has been arrested
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2021 3:15 AM CDT
Body of Missing Woman Found Encased in Concrete
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(Newser) – A woman's body was found this month, entombed in concrete, in the basement of her Linville Falls, North Carolina, home—and police have charged her live-in caretaker with her murder. Lynn Gay Keene, 70, appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma as well as strangulation with a belt, authorities say. Keene's family had hired Elizabeth Freeman, 53, to be her caretaker; Freeman was ultimately located in a hospital, where she had allegedly been hospitalized due to some sort of issue involving drugs, Fox 19 reports. She was taken into custody after her release.

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Keene's family had reported her missing, having last spoken to her June 14, and after filing a missing persons report July 30, the Avery County Sheriff’s Office discovered Keene's vehicle was not at her home. It was later found abandoned, with the keys locked inside, according to a statement. Freeman had allegedly been spotted on surveillance video driving it and using Keene's bank card. At that point, a search warrant for the home was procured, and Keene's remains were found, the Charlotte Observer reports. Freeman was originally detained Saturday on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, financial card theft and identity theft, but has since been charged with murder. Police believe a second person may have been involved, as the 80-pound bags of concrete mixture they found may have been too heavy for Freeman to lift on her own. (Read more North Carolina stories.)

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