2:50 PM PDT, August 9, 2021
An elderly North Carolina woman was found dead in the basement of her Newland home last week with her body entombed in concrete. Now, a caretaker has been charged in the murder of 70-year-old Lynn Keene.
Elizabeth Freeman, also known as Elizabeth Carserino, 53, is being held in Avery County Detention Facility on more than $1.6 million bond.
Keene had not been seen since mid-June, and when her car turned up abandoned on Aug. 2, authorities were able to get a search warrant to enter her home.
That’s when they found “human remains entombed in concrete in the basement of the home,” according to a statement by the Avery County Sheriff’s Office. Another detective described it as a mass of hardened concrete, according to WTVD.
An autopsy and dental records confirmed that the remains were Keene’s.
Authorities identified Freeman as a person of interest ahead of her arrest. She was hired by the family to be her live-in caretaker, the statement said.
The small community is shocked by the news, Avery County Sheriff Kevin Fyre told Inside Edition Digital.
“It is extremely usual for us,” Fyre said. “It is a very rural county … mostly retirement and summer homes.”
Freeman was expected to appear in court for an initial appearance Monday, according to authorities.