Thorold couple charged in elder abuse investigation

UPDATENiagara Regional Police have charged two people from Thorold in an elder abuse investigation.Officers went to a home to check on a female, after reports that she was being locked in a room against her will.They say they found a woman in a “state of unacceptable care and in an abandoned state.”She was taken to a near by hospital for medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery.Police have not released the 63-year-old’s name.Guenther Froese, 87, and Ruth Froese, 70, are each charged with one count of failing to provide to (a) person under charge.Detectives now have concerns that there may be other victims.Investigators have learned that the accused ran an adult care facility at 92 Pine St. North called Hill Crest Manor that closed in 1997.The victim is believed to have remained at the facility since the closure until the time of the arrests.Anyone with information are asked to call detectives from the 1 District Criminal Investigation Branch. read more