Live-in caretaker sought after missing NC woman found ‘entombed’ in concrete in basement, officials say

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LINVILLE FALLS, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – A 70-year-old Linville Falls woman reported missing last month was found Monday “entombed in concrete” inside of her home’s basement, according to the Avery County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said Lynn Keene was reported missing July 30 by family members who had last talked to her on June 14.

Avery County detectives said Keene’s home was secured and her 2000 Lincoln Town Car was not at the home. Keene and the car were entered into the state database in an attempt to find her.

On Monday, authorities said Cherokee Police Department officers told Avery County detectives that they had found Keene’s car in Cherokee. The car was locked and the keys were found underneath the driver’s seat, police said.  

Avery detectives then obtained a search warrant for Keene’s home in Linville Falls and searched her home. Human remains were found entombed in concrete in the basement.

An autopsy report identified the remains as Keene and ruled her death as a homicide. Authorities said she did not die by natural causes.

Investigators identified Keene’s live-in caretaker Elizabeth Freeman as a person of interest in connection with her death. Freeman may also be going by the name Elizabeth Carserino of South Carolina, officials said.

Freeman is 53 years old, stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, and weighs about 200 lbs. She has shoulder-length sandy blond hair.

Freeman is currently wanted on charges of larceny of a motor vehicle, financial card theft and identity theft.

Authorities said she could be in the Dorchester County, South Carolina or Cummings, Georgia area. She has family in both areas, officials said.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to contact Detective Tim Austin with the Avery County Sheriff’s Office at 828-733-2071, extension 1205.

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