Tulsa, OK – A 59-year-old woman was found alive after spending four days in a large freezer. Emergency responders believe she may have climbed into the massive appliance because she feared a tornado might crash into her home. Relatives of the unnamed woman filed a missing persons report on Saturday. When her son finally gained access to apartment on Tuesday, he heard moaning noises coming from inside the deep-freeze, according to the Daily Mail.
The rescuing son found his mother’s purse inside the apartment and noticed her television was still on, which indicated to him that, if she had left, it had not been willingly. Tulsa Police Corporal Daisy Vallely reports the woman who was found stuck inside the chest-size freezer for four days is still being evaluated by medical care staff, KTUL notes.
Although the senior citizen was hungry, dehydrated, and cold, she is expected to survive, News On 6 notes. She is currently being treated for frostbite on portions of her legs. She was reportedly incoherent and very weak when found.
Corporal Vallely had this to say about the Tulsa incident:
“We’re not really sure why she was not able to get out. Apparently she was trying, there was evidence of that. We don’t know how she got in there or anything else. Thank goodness her son found her when he did.”
Law enforcement investigators are still attempting to understand why the Oklahoma resident was locked inside the food storage appliance. There were no locks or latches on the exterior of the device. Officers believe she climbed inside on Friday evening after hearing the weather forecast for potential severe storms and possible tornadoes in the area.