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Tuesday, February 20, 2024
UPDATE: Police believe elder abuse case has more victims
Niagara Regional Police/File photo/The Lake Report

UPDATE: Niagara Regional Police believe there may be other victims in an elder abuse case that resulted in two arrests Wednesday.

Police say the two suspects ran an adult care facility in Thorold called Hill Crest Manor, which they believed ceased operations in 1997.

Police believe the 63-year-old victim, who is not related to the accused, remained in the care of the accused after the closure of the facility until the arrest Wednesday.

The former Hill Crest Manor residence at 92 Pine Street North is being held pending the execution of a search warrant.

The alleged abuse came to light after police conducted a welfare a Thorold residence based on a tip from a concerned citizen.

Upon entering the house, police discovered an elderly woman was found locked in a room against her will and without the necessities of life.

As a result, Guenther and Ruth Froese were arrested and charged with failing to provide necessities of life to a person under charge.

Police are asking anyone who may have had family under the care of the accused and co-accused to contact them at 905-688-4111, ext. 4233.


ORIGINAL: Two Thorold residents were arrested Wednesday for allegedly locking an elderly woman in a room and not providing her with adequate care.

Police said they attended a Thorold residence after being notified that a woman was locked in a room against her own will.

When officers entered the residence they located the elderly woman in a room at the rear of the house.

“The female was found in a state of unacceptable care and in an abandoned state,” said a police release.

The victim was taken to a near by hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Charged with one count of failing to provide necessities of life to a person under charge are Guenther and Ruth Froese.

Both were held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police are encouraging anyone who has information that may assist in this investigation, or are aware of any further victims, to call detectives at 905-688-4111.

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