Police: Woman arrested 5 years after body found in suitcase

MERIDIAN, Idaho (KBOI) - Meridian Police say they have arrested a Boise woman in connection with a 2007 case involving the death of an elderly woman.

Dee Lynn, 75, was found dead hidden inside a suitcase in her Meridian garage on June 19, 2007.

At the time, Meridian Police investigated the case as a homicide. That was revised to a suspicious death investigation after the coroner's report found no signs of trauma to the body and the toxicology test came back normal.

The coroner said the body was too decomposed to determine a cause of death.

Police say they have arrested Carrie Horsman, 42, of Boise, and charged her with Failure to Report a Death and Grand Theft.

"She was obviously aware of Dee Lynn's death and was purposely concealing that from us," Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea said. "We believe at that point that she was in possession of several checks belonging to Dee Lynn."

The arrest comes after a grand jury decided to indict Horsman.

She is currently in the Ada County Jail being held on $250,000 bond.

Felony Failure to Report a Death carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison if convicted. Grand Theft is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Neighbors who remember the whole ordeal when it happened are hoping this arrest may lead to more answers in this case.

"It's never too late to do the right thing so hopefully she will confess, or tell on who actually did it if she didn't do it," Neighbor Freddy Rosaril said.

Police have not closed the door on a homicide and are hoping someone will come forward with information in the future.