Coroner confirms body found near Pine Flat Lake is Zillabell Friesen, 81

Zillabell Friesen
Zillabell Friesen Special to The Bee

The Fresno County coroner confirmed Friday that the body found by firefighters near Pine Flat Lake on Sunday was Zillabell Friesen, an 81-year-old woman missing since July 21.

Detectives found Friesen’s 2006 Ford Escape near where the body was discovered. The Fresno Police Department led a statewide search for Friesen, who left her home at 9 a.m. on July 21 to run errands and never returned.

Friesen’s family described her as an adventurous woman who liked to explore different roads and areas. Police believe she may have become ill or disoriented during her drive.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said 15 detectives worked more than 500 hours since July 22 to try and find Friesen.