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No Criminal Charges in La Pine Corpse Case

LA PINE, OR -- The Deschutes County District Attorney has decided not to charge a La Pine woman in the death of her sister. Medics found the body of 63-year-old Christine Freise when they were called to her home in April.

 

It was determined she died in November of natural causes, and her sister Elizabeth left her in her body, doing nothing to dispose of her body.  DA John Hummel determined no crime was committed. Though shocking and appalling, Hummel says Elizabeth Freise did not have a legal duty in regard to her sister's corpse. She was not her sister's legal caregiver or guardian. 

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