Woman who was missing for five days is found alive and sitting in her freezer

A missing woman was found alive Wednesday in a deep freezer in west  Tulsa.

Police say 59-year-old Theresa Christian hadn’t been seen or heard from since  Saturday.

“She wasn’t answering the phone or anything like that, so I came by here last  night, about 10:30, knocked on the door, knocked on the door, and I couldn’t get  a response or anything,” said Christian’s son, Jermal Stewart. Stewart  and other family members had been searching for her since Saturday.
Tuesday, Christian’s brother, William Andy Jr. and others actually went into  the apartment near W. 23rd Ave. and Southwest Blvd. and did not find her.
“We went through the house calling out her name and stuff and couldn’t get a  response or anything,” said Andy. Her son Stewart went back to the  apartment early Wednesday and had the apartment’s maintenance crew unlock the  door again. “I heard her say ‘help me, help me,'” said Stewart.
He said that’s how he found her. “She was in the closet, in the  kitchen, in the deep freezer, and I opened the door and she was sitting in  there,” Stewart said. According to Stewart, the door to the closet was  closed, but the lid of the freezer was open and she was sitting up inside and  couldn’t move. “Yeah, my mom takes a lot of medications, and it mixes  with her system and it don’t give her an appetite at all,” he said.
Investigators say Christian couldn’t tell them how she got in there, but she  may have been attempting to take shelter. “Possibly that she thought  maybe there was a tornado coming, but they’re not really sure why or how she got  there,” said TPD Cpl. Daisy Vallely. Family members are relieved she  was found alive. “I’m very thankful man, I’m very very thankful,” said  Stewart. Investigators say Christian had severe freezing on her legs;  hospital officials say she’s listed in serious condition.

No foul play is suspected.

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