YAKIMA — Authorities have confirmed that human remains found in a freezer near Toppenish July 4 are that of an American Indian woman who was reported missing last year.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said Friday that Rosenda Strong’s remains were positively identified using dental records.

Curtice said Strong’s death has been classified as a homicide and her cause of death remains under investigation.

Sheriff’s spokesman Casey Schilperoort had said authorities were called July 4 after two men found human remains in an unplugged freezer.

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