Found Deceased WA - Rosenda Strong, 31, Wapato, Yakima Co, 2 Oct 2018

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Rosenda Strong was last seen on Oct. 2, getting into her friend’s Nissan and heading for the Legends Casino in Toppenish. The 31-year-old mother of four is the most recent indigenous woman to have gone missing near the Yakama Reservation.

Yakama Tribal Police said they would begin a search for Strong and the FBI has questioned individuals about her disappearance.

Family of missing indigenous woman demands answers in Wapato
 
It's been 8 years since she's had any traffic or criminal convictions and those were settled with a small fine, no active warrants. As a mother of four I don't believe she is intentionally missing. Praying for her safety.
 
Is this her from May of 2016? If so, it shows photos of all her tattoos
High-Violent Offender convicted of beating, robbing man — arrested in Yakima County
Thanks. That certainly looks like her, and it's not that common of a first name. All I found in a data search of public records was driving on a suspended license and forgery (with only a $250 fine for the forgery I bet it was a fake driver's license as opposed to trying and embezzle money with a false document). I likely only got data for one county and not all the area counties. Here's another arrest. DNA evidence leads to 3 robbery suspects' arrests in Yakima
 
Missing woman's sister, family want information, investigations and justice for Rosenda Strong: 'My sister, where are you!?'

Cissy Strong Reyes stood atop the steps of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Yakima on an overcast Saturday, notes in hand as she prepared to speak.

"Good afternoon, I'm Cissy Strong and I'm the sister of Rosenda Strong, who has been missing since Oct. 2, 2018," she said.

She paused, looking out over the crowd gathered for the Jan. 19 Women's March on Yakima.

[...]
Wow, there is a ton of information in this article. A few excerpts:

At the time she disappeared, though, Rosenda was struggling. While she loves her children, Cissy and Chris stressed, she had not had custody of them for a few years. Her daughters are 17 and 12 and her sons are 13 and 10.

[...]

Compounding that, a close friend died in late July. Strong was inconsolable.

"She was pretty distressed in those weeks. I could see it," Cissy said.

After Stevens-LaVanway's death, Rosenda left Cissy's home and was gone for a little while, which wasn't unusual, her brother and sister said. When she returned, she had a car, a precious new possession.

[...]

"She'll come around; she usually just shows up out of nowhere sometimes," he said. But as days passed, her family and friends couldn't find her anywhere.

Since then, authorities reportedly visited a house where someone told them Rosenda had been seen, Cissy said. And "they did a couple of helicopter flyovers somewhere," their brother said.

On Nov. 28, authorities found the body of Jedidah Moreno, 30, of Yakima in an area of the reservation that's closed to nontribal members. Moreno, who some knew as Iesha, had been shot and was identified through tattoos and dental records.

She knew Rosenda, her siblings said.

"They were linking my sister's disappearance to the Moreno case. They did know each other," Cissy said.

[...]

"I think in reality, I probably found out what happened to my sister the first week I started looking for her," Cissy said. "All the people ... she was with, they're nowhere to be found."
 
4/15/19 Missing woman hasn’t left the heart, mind of her older sister

snip: Reyes has become increasingly outspoken about those she believes were involved in Strong’s disappearance, or were witnesses.
“You know who you are. (You’re) still walking the streets and my sister goes missing and the last ones she was around were her friends,” Reyes wrote. “(You) were last to see her alive. (You) were the last to hear her cries. (You) were the last to see her pain.”
 
"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....

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

Body found in freezer near Toppenish belongs to Rosenda Strong

So, whose freezer and why did they look in it?
 
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Authorities: Body found in freezer near Toppenish confirmed to be Rosenda Strong
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Yakima County sheriff’s detectives, Yakama Nation tribal police and the FBI were called to the 64000 block of U.S. Highway 97 around 4:20 p.m. July 4 after two homeless men found human remains in an unplugged freezer, sheriff’s spokesman Casey Schilperoort had said.

Federal and tribal officers were called in because the remains were found within the Yakama Nation.
 
"Cissy Strong Reyes last saw her younger sister, Rosenda Sophia Strong, on Oct. 2. An acquaintance came to their home in Wapato and picked Rosenda up for the short drive to Legends Casino.

She never saw her again. Their brother, Christopher Strong, soon filed a missing persons report. The family has been searching for her ever since, posting flyers throughout the Yakima Valley and sharing them on social media, holding events for her and other missing and murdered indigenous women, and raising funds for a reward.

On Friday morning, Reyes got the confirmation she had dreaded yet prayed for. Her sister was coming home.

“My baby sister Rosenda (Strong’s) remains (were) found in a freezer. Yes it has been confirmed to me this morning from the FBI agent working on my sister’s case,” Reyes said in a Facebook post. “We have her back; not the way we wanted but we can after 275 days of looking, wondering, our baby sister, mother, aunt, cousin, friend is coming home to our mother. “Now we can finally lay my sister to rest.”"

"We have her back; not the way we wanted." Body near Toppenish confirmed as Rosenda Strong
 
On Sunday evening, Reyes and dozens of others gathered again near the same street — this time to remember Rosenda Strong, whose body was found almost 300 days after she disappeared. As the sun went down, the crowd lit candles in Rosenda’s memory.

“She was my best friend. Now I have her back,” Reyes said during the vigil at Pioneer Park. “Now I can take her home to my mom. I’m just going to keep her beautiful smile in mind.”

Authorities confirmed Friday that remains found in a freezer near Toppenish late on the afternoon of July 4 were those of Strong, a mother of four. She would have turned 32 on April 16.

The remains were positively identified with dental records, Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said in a news release. Strong’s death has been classified as a homicide and the cause of her death remains under investigation.


Family, friends gather in Toppenish to remember missing woman recently found
 
"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....

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

Body found in freezer near Toppenish belongs to Rosenda Strong

So, whose freezer and why did they look in it?

i got the impression it was abandoned ina remote area near a highway but i could be wrong. it seems the news is intentionally vague because it says "unplugged" rather than abandoned. i cant be sure.
 
Memorial event Sunday marks one year since Rosenda Strong's remains identified

A small gathering to remember a Native woman who was murdered is scheduled Sunday, a year to the day after remains found earlier in the month were identified as hers.

Family members and friends of Rosenda Sophia Strong will meet at Pioneer Park on South Elm Street, between West Second Avenue and West Third Avenue, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event is open to the public, but those attending should wear a facial covering and stand 6 feet apart from others to slow the spread of COVID-19.
 
Family, friends of Rosenda Strong mark two years since she disappeared, bring awareness of missing and murdered Native people

Friday marked two years to the day that Rosenda Sophia Strong, a 31-year-old mother of four, left her sister’s home in Toppenish, never to be seen alive again.

In those two years, Cissy Strong Reyes has been her sister’s voice, sharing her story in local, national and international media and at public events as she pleaded for information. Strong’s remains were found in an abandoned freezer just outside the city on July 4, 2019. Her death has been classified as a homicide and the FBI is investigating.

Reyes and their brother, Christopher Strong, cousin Roxanne White and other family and friends have sought justice for Strong and the countless other missing and murdered Native women, girls, men and boys on and beyond the Yakama Reservation.
 
Rosenda Strong's family hopes for justice in 2021

The Strong family said they’ve gotten few answers from local and state authorities, because this is an ongoing investigation.

With the new year, brings renewed hope that Rosenda Strong’s killer or killers, will be found.

“Rosenda was caring, loving, she was selfless. She made sure everyone was okay around her, before she thought about herself, she was a great mom to four beautiful kids,” Cissy said.

KAPP KVEW reached out the Seattle FBI Field Office and they said they haven’t forgotten about Rosenda’s case, but right now they don’t have any updates to share.
 

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