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Alabama Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Cliff-Pushing Case

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(WDNews) DeKalb County prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty against Loretta Kay Carr, 45, from Fort Payne, Alabama. Carr stands accused of pushing Mary Elizabeth Isbell off a cliff, a tragic incident that left Isbell’s body undiscovered for nearly two years. Last year, Carr was charged with capital murder-kidnapping in connection to Isbell’s October 2021 death. Carr’s daughter, Jessie Eden Kelly, 22, also faces the same charge.

Isbell, who had been reported missing for almost two years, had her remains identified on June 30, 2023, which would have been her 39th birthday. Her body was found in Little River Canyon National Park. Isbell was initially reported missing by her ex-husband on December 27, 2021. Through extensive investigative work, detectives from Hartselle police determined that Isbell had been residing in the DeKalb County area on Lookout Mountain.

The connection between the three women reportedly stems from their acquaintance with a man. As the legal proceedings continue, the community awaits justice for Mary Elizabeth Isbell and closure for her loved ones.