Woman charged five years after body found in suitcase

Credit: KTVB

Dee Lynn was found dead in her Meridian home on June 22, 2007.

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by KTVB & Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 3:40 AM

MERIDIAN -- Meridian Police say they have arrested 42-year-old Carrie Horsman of Boise after she failed to report the 2007 death of her former landlady 75-year-old Dee Lynn of Meridian.

Horsman was indicted by a grand jury and booked into the Ada County Jail on charges of failure to report a death and grand theft. Her bond is set at $250,000.

Horsman was living with Lynn at the time, and according to police was even the one to report her missing on June 19, 2007. Her body was discovered in a suitcase in the garage of her home three days later. Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea says the body was badly decomposed and had likely been there at least a week. He says Lynn was about 5-foot-1 tall, and her entire body was in the suitcase.

Jerry Vandersnick, who rented a room in Lynn's house, has said when he last saw her on June 15, she was preparing to confront Horsman about some forged checks.  Basterrechea says Horsman took steps to cover up the death, and steal money from Lynn.  He says Horsman was in possession of some of Lynn's checks and money, which is where the grand theft charge comes from.

Basterrechea says these charges are welcome news to Lynn's family but says this case is not closed. "While these charges will bring some closure, I think, for the family, we may never know what actually took place in that residence," said Basterrachea.

He says Lynn's with the cause of death still undetermined, and police still believe this was a homicide.

Horsman has denied any involvement in Lynn's death.

Police tell KTVB that failure to report a death is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine. A conviction for grand theft would mean one to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.

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