Second Suspect Arrested In Little River Canyon Murder Case

Second Suspect Arrested In Little River Canyon Murder Case

According to on-line jail records, the second woman who stands charged in the brutal death of a missing woman – is now behind bars (in Alabama) after being extradited.  Jessie Eden Kelly, age 22, was booked in at the Cherokee County Jail on July 22nd.  Her mother, Loretta Kay Carr, has been in the DeKalb County Jail since June 25th.  Kelly had been jailed in Pennsylvania and she was also awaiting extradition back to Missouri where she has had previous felony burglary charges.

Both women are charged with Capital Murder and Kidnapping – in connection to the death of Mary Elizabeth Isbell October 18th of 2021.  According to the criminal complaints filed in each case that both Carr and Kelly did “intentionally” cause Isbell’s death “by pushing her off of a cliff.”

DeKalb Sheriff’s Office Investigator Nick Brown described what the women did to Isbell as “inhuman and brutal.”

While it remains unclear if it was Carr, or Kelly who cooperated with authorities – and law enforcement did say that one of them helped lead to Isbell’s remains where a search team found them at the Little River Canyon National Park on June 28th.

The Alabama Department of Forensic Science’s Huntsville Lab, did later confirm the remains as Isbell’s on what would’ve been her 39th birthday.

Investigators also said they found physical evidence at Isbell’s home, leading to the arrests of Carr and Kelly. According to court documents, the mother and daughter are both accused of kidnapping and killing Mary Isbell.

The state is seeking the death penalty against Carr.  She’s set for a hearing on Wednesday, August 2nd.



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