Family thinks storms lead woman to get in freezer

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 9/12/2012 5:12 pm Published: 9/12/2012 10:56 am

A woman found stuck inside a freezer may have been there for days.

Theresa Christian is a former East Central teacher. A family member found her around ten Wednesday morning in her apartment near West 23rd Street and Southwest Boulevard.

Family members tell FOX23 she may have climbed inside the chest-type deep freezer to stay safe from this weekend’s storms. Police aren’t sure just how long she was inside.

“Saturday, she came out saying that there was a tornado coming or something. She's on a lot of medication and was probably over-medicated and climbed into the freezer,” says her son, William Andy Jr.

William had not heard from his sister in several days. Desperate for answers, he went to her apartment on Tuesday to try and find her.

"I immediately went over to the office and got security, and came back and they let us in the house to look for her and we didn't see her,” he says.

On Wednesday morning, the family went back over to look again.

"Her son heard a moan coming from the area of the freezer and opened it up and discovered her sitting inside and apparently had been there for a couple of days,” says Tulsa Police Cpl. Daisy Vallely.

Theresa was unable to tell them exactly what happened or how she got inside the freezer. Her brother was just thankful she was still breathing.

"She was alive thank God,” he says.

Officers say she tried desperately to get out, but couldn’t.

"The freezer is torn up and all of the insulation is out of it,” says William.

Her family believes she may have climbed inside the freezer to get away from the weekend storms, and somehow got trapped inside. Neighbors say they heard knocking coming from her apartment, but when they went over to check on her, she never came to the door.

"It's very frightening. My heart is still beating fast and I might have to go get checked out myself,” says William.

Neighbors describe her as pale and shaking with severe frostbite on the lower half of her body. As last check, she was in serious condition at St. John Medical Center.

Officers say at one point, it appeared that she had tried to climb out, but couldn’t because her legs were frozen.

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aleman - 9/12/2012 5:43 PM
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Sounds like ambien,that stuff is something else and should be outlawed

mustangdriver - 9/12/2012 3:28 PM
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Something smells fishy about this. The door on this type of freezer will open unless something is blocking the path of the door. Who climbs into a freezer due to storms anyways? Everyone in this state is taught to get in the bathtub from an early age. Sounds like she was hiding from someone, not storms.

whatintheworld - 9/12/2012 12:57 PM
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Tulsa, Oklahoma - A woman is found alive inside a large freezer inside her west Tulsa apartment. Tulsa police say the 59-year-old was found Wednesday morning by her son. She had been missing since Saturday from near 23rd and S. Nogales. When he opened the top lid, he found his mother inside with frostbite to her legs. She was very weak and incoherent. "Her son heard a moan coming from the area of the freezer. He opened it up and discovered her sitting inside," said Tulsa police officer Cpl. Daisy Vallely. EMSA paramedics rushed her to the hospital. Her condition isn't known, but police said she should survive. Investigators think she climbed in because she was afraid of the weather or tornadoes on Friday. Police said she could not get out, but added that there was no reason for her to not get free. There were no locks or latches on the door that could have accidentally engaged. Police said evidence inside suggests that she did try and struggled to get the door open. Investigators haven't noticed any signs of foul play, but they're working to completely rule that out.

whatintheworld - 9/12/2012 12:26 PM
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That is just terrible.. how painful that must have been :( I am so glad they found her alive.

melindajewell - 9/12/2012 11:35 AM
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She was shivering, so I'm sure it had to have been on. Only God could have saved her life while in that freezer. Thank the Lord!!

whatintheworld - 9/12/2012 11:18 AM
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That is awful! I hope it was not on! Poor lady... :(

t town253 - 9/12/2012 11:14 AM
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OMG bless her heart I hope she is ok!!!
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