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Family of Deceased Ramona Woman Responds in Shock

Jean Eskridge Freeman's death appears suspicious, according to authorities. Her son says she was still active at 94.

Although authorities on Tuesday had not yet released the name of a woman found dead in her Ramona mobile home, news outlets are reporting her as Jean Eskridge Freeman, 94, based on family accounts.

Homicide detectives will work through the night to assess the circumstances of Freeman's death, after her body was found "with obvious signs of trauma," Sheriff's Homicide told Patch.

Ramona Fire paramedics responded to a call for medical assistance at Ramona Terrace Estates in the 1200 block of H Street before noon and when they arrived, they found the woman dead in the back bedroom of the home, Capt. Don Davis said. He said her death appeared suspicious.

Outside the mobile home park, a couple who identified themselves as Freeman's son and daughter-in-law, Jay and Ellen Eskridge, talked to reporters. Jay Freeman said he got a call saying his mother had pushed a Med-Alert button.

The couple said they were in shock and thought his mother had pushed the button by mistake. Jean was active, they said, and loved dancing, playing cards, church and visiting one of the local casinos. She was a retired dance teacher of Jean's Dance Studio in Spring Valley, they said.

Authorities did not let the couple in the home to see the body, they said.

Homicide detectives were awaiting a search warrant, Nesbit told Patch on Tuesday afternoon. The family expects to hear more information on Wednesday.

The Eskridges intend to use Conrad Mortuary in Lemon Grove for services.

Angie Peila May 02, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I just saw her at church on Sunday. She was a sweet lady and faithfully came every Sunday. You will be missed!
RONNA FILLHART May 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Jean was my dance teacher in Spring Valley 1955. When she came to Spring Valley as a new bride my mother encouraged her to open her dance studio on Troy street. Many years later they moved over to Campo road. She was a Women's Club member and taught the women (Galloping Grandmas) to dance for their spring fling. High kicks and all. Her dancers appeared yearly at Del Mar fair. When I was dancing with her she took us to the Navy Hospital for Christmas to dance for the wounded. She always had a smaile and she will be missed.

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