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Body found in freezer near Toppenish belongs to Rosenda Strong

Nine months ago, Rosenda Sophia Strong left her home to go to Legends Casino in Toppenish, got into her friend’s Nissan and drove away.

That was the last time anyone ever saw the 31-year-old mother-of-four — until now.

The Yakima County Coroner’s Office has identified a body found July 4 in a freezer in a remote area near Highway 97 as that of Rosenda Strong.

Rosenda was identified using dental records, according to a coroner’s office news release.

Since Rosenda disappeared Oct. 2, 2018, her family has been relentless in their pursuit of answers.

They’ve done endless fundraisers, posters, banners, outreach events and consistently fought for the rights of Rosenda and other missing and murdered indigenous women.

Recently, the Strong family appeared  in a documentary produced for Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines program called: “The Search: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.”

Her death has been classified as a homicide and will be investigated as such, the release said. 

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