LA PINE, OR -- The Deschutes County Sheriff's Office says remains found in a La Pine home last Friday, were that of a woman who died of natural causes. Medics were called to the home on Center Drive after 59-year-old Elizabeth Freise fell on her porch and needed help.
Responding medical personnel noticed a foul smell and asked for a welfare check by law enforcement. Deputies discovered the remains of Freise's sister, who the woman admitted died in November. Freise cared for her bed-ridden sister who suffered from a long-term illness.
Detectives also found deceased cats, live cats and garbage covering the floors. Several cats were taken to the Humane Society. Due to decomposition, it will take a little longer to positively identify the body.