Loretta Carr: Could face death penalty for intentionally pushing woman off a cliff to her death

Lavinia Thompson
Degrees of Monstrosity: Female Killers
4 min readMay 20, 2024

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Mary Elizabeth Isbell’s body remained in the Little River Canyon National Park for two years before being discovered by a search team — and only after one of the suspects allegedly involved in her murder confessed to where she was. Now, according to AL.com, her accused killers will face the death penalty if convicted.

Isbell’s ex-husband reported her missing on Dec. 27, 2021, to the Hartsbell Police Department (HPD) in Fort Payne, Alabama, according to a release from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO). Hartsbelle PD detectives determined via phone records that Isbell lived in the DeKalb County area, where a search warrant was conducted.

Mary Isbell (DCSO)

Both the location and Isbell’s vehicle were processed by the Jacksonville State University’s Center for Applied Forensics, but physical evidence collected turned up nothing in the national database, the release says, but there where signs of a struggle at the scene.

A tip finally came in on June 20, 2023 which led to the arrests of 45-year old Loretta Kay Carr and Jessie Eden Kelly. The release notes that both have been charged with capital murder-kidnapping.

Isbell’s body was finally found on June 28, 2023 by a search team, the release says. Fischer Rescue Squad…

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Lavinia Thompson
Degrees of Monstrosity: Female Killers

Just an old garden witch who writes about murder, true and fictional.