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The Murder of Rosenda Strong
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The Murder of Rosenda Strong


Toppenish, Washington



Rosenda Strong
Rosenda Strong (Yakima Herald)

In 2018, Rosenda Sophia Strong was a 31-year-old mother of four and a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Rosenda was known to be very outgoing and someone who loved to laugh and who people knew by her unique laugh.

Rosenda lived with her sister Cissy Reyes and on October 2, an acquaintance picked Rosenda up from their house, and the two drove the short distance to Legends Casino in Toppenish, Washington. They drove an older model Nissan.

Rosenda was not seen from again, as she never returned home. She was last seen leaving the casino with a man.

She did say I’ll be back and I love you and I said OK, and that was actually the last time that I saw her.

Cissy Reyes, sister of Rosenda’s Strong (YakTriNews)

UPDATE – July 12, 2019

Almost 9 months after her disappearance, on July 4, 2019, two homeless men found human remains in an unplugged freezer. The freezer was located in the 64000 block of U.S. Highway 97 on the Yakama Reservation and dental records confirmed that the remains where those of Rosenda Strong.

The police are now actively investigating Rosenda’s disappearance as a homicide.

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