A Pennsylvania Woman Has Been Charged – With Her Mother – in the 2021 Murder of an Alabama Woman

A Pennsylvania woman has been charged – with her mother – in the 2021 murder of an Alabama woman.

Jessie Eden Kelly, age 21 is wanted in connection to the death of Mary Elizabeth Isbell, who authorities say was pushed off a cliff to her death in late 2021.  Isbell’s remains were found last week in Little River Canyon National Park near Ft Payne – around 18 months after she was reported missing.

Kelly was booked in at the Crawford County jail on June 25th on a felony charge of arrest prior to requisition.

Kelly’s extradition was first sought by Missouri, where she faces felony burglary and stealing charges in Douglas County – that is according to Crawford County D.A. Paula DiGiacomo

Kelly’s extradition has been sought by authorities at the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Payne, Alabama.

If extradited to Alabama, Kelly would join her mother – Loretta Kay Carr – who was arrested on June 25th by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team.

Carr, and her daughter face a capital murder charge in the same case, according to a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office located  in DeKalb County, who confirmed the women’s relationship and said Carr is a former Pennsylvania resident.

The charges against the women stem from the disappearance – and subsequent death of Isbell, who was 37 years old when her ex-husband reported her missing, on December 27th, 2021– to police in Hartselle.

A tip on June 20th of this year soon led to the arrest of Carr and Kelly – Isbell’s remains were discovered on June 28th and were identified by Alabama Department of Forensic Science on June 30th, which would’ve been her 39th birthday – according to the statement.

Court records indicate that Carr is accused of kidnapping Isbell, and then “intentionally causing” her death in October 2021 – by “pushing her off of a cliff,”.

(The Meadville Tribune/Meadville and Fort Payne sources)


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