Elderly Woman’s Body Found Wrapped in Plastic inside Closet

HANFORD, California — A 37-year-old woman from Hanford, California, has been charged in the death of her mother, whose body was found wrapped in a plastic bag inside a closet in their home, according to the Hanford Police Department. Kelli Elizabeth Yingling pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the charges of first-degree murder and elder abuse.

Authorities made the shocking discovery on May 18 after a concerned neighbor asked the police to conduct a welfare check on Peggi Yingling, 67, who hadn’t been seen for weeks. Upon investigation, authorities found Peggi’s deceased body locked away inside a closet. An autopsy later revealed signs of strangulation.

Kelli Yingling, who had a previous conviction for elder abuse and was on felony probation at the time, was promptly arrested and has been in custody since May 7th on unrelated charges. She now faces charges in connection with her mother’s murder.

Yingling’s attorney, Carlos Navarrete, maintained her innocence and emphasized the need for a thorough investigation. He expressed that police reports often lack clarity and contain nuanced details that need further examination.

The Hanford Police Department revealed that Yingling’s interview with detectives had implicated her in the murder. Meanwhile, neighbors in the quiet community expressed their shock and described Peggi Yingling as an introverted woman who occasionally relied on others for assistance.

As the investigation continues, authorities are working to determine the motive behind this tragic incident. Further details on the case are expected to emerge in the coming days.