Body of missing indigenous woman found in freezer

6 month ago

Yakima County news, Washington news.

After more than 270 days of disappearance, the body of a Yakama Nation woman had been found by two homeless men in a freezer, according to authorities.

31-year-old Rosenda Strong was a mother of four children who went missing on Oct. 2 when she left her sister's home with a friend to go to a local casino in Toppenish. She was a descendant of the Yakama Nation and a Native of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

"We have her back, not the way we wanted but we can after 275 days of looking, wondering our baby sister, mother, aunt, cousin, friend... is coming home," her sister told reporters. "Now, we can finally lay my sister to rest."

The remains that were recovered from the unplugged freezer have been confirmed as belonging to Strong with the use of dental records.