Refuge director, veterinarian, herpetologist, lepidopterist
Sharing their concern for animals and their dedication to helping animals in various ways, Karly Cantrell, Andrea Kelly, William H. “Marty” Martin and Sarah Schmidt also shared shocking recent deaths.
Two died of murder, one by his own hand and one apparently by simple bad luck.
Karly Cantrell44, of Middletown, Idaho, executive director of the West Valley Humane Society in Caldwell, Idaho, was found stabbed to death on October 10, 2022 in the home she shared with her husband Kevin Kline, who discovered her remains, and three sons, two of whom had become concerned when she did not return their high school phone calls.
Descriptions of her body suggest she may also have been the victim of an attempted scalping.
Her fourth and eldest son, Levi Isaac Davis, 26, has been charged with second-degree homicide, which may be upgraded to first-degree homicide pending further investigation.
Levi Isaac Davis, arrested at a halfway house in possession of a car and bloodstained clothing, was also charged with a parole violation.
His bail was set at $5 million.
Davis, according to an affidavit of arrest, had recently been kicked out of the family home by Cantrell and Kline for “bad behavior.”
Davis allegedly suffered a “deep laceration” on his upper right thigh and a cut on his left hand while allegedly committing the murder.
West Valley Humane Society Board Chair Tammy Dittenber and Humane Society staff praised Cantrell to CBS2 News staff as “a friend, a mother, a wife, a grandmother, and a kind, compassionate and empathetic girl” who “had a way of bringing people into the organization, collaborating with and empowering her staff.
“Karly originally started at the shelter,” first as an animal care volunteer, “back when he was on the county,” said the shelter’s director of programs, Brittany Sundell. “She was the sheriff’s deputy in the shelter as part of this process. When the shelter became a private nonprofit, she remained in the sheriff’s office and continued as a deputy. She worked at the prison for many years as a deputy and later was elected executive director.
Veterinary Andrea Kelly36, July 31, 2022 has become arguably the most publicized veterinary suicide to date in Canada, where, as in the United States, a rising rate of suicide among veterinarians is attracting increasing public attention and professionals.
(See How to fight the epidemic of veterinary suicide?)
Kelly moved on from her longtime fiancé, actor and sales professional Marc Alarie, with whom she owned a home and had traveled extensively overseas. They shared a large extended family and many friends, particularly involved in horses and in paddling, canoeing and kayaking,
An equine specialist based in Kemptville, Ontario, Kelly has practiced both in Ontario’s Capital Region near Pontiac and Ottawa, and across the Ottawa River in western Ontario. Quebec, where she was one of the few equine veterinarians available to respond to on-farm requests. emergency room.
After graduating from the University of Guelph Veterinary College, Kelly worked at the Ottawa Veterinary Hospital and various equine clinics before purchasing the Ottawa Valley Large Animal Clinic from Larry Butler. , DVM, in 2018.
Kelly’s sister, Erin, told CBC News’ Rachel Watts that Kelly couldn’t find a vet partner.
Alarie recalled Watts “a vivid memory of running into Kelly at a grocery store shortly after their first date.”
Alarie said: “She was wearing her dungarees, it had stains on it, her hair was all over it and it smelled like barn so she was a bit shy. But when I saw her, she was still beautiful and real.
William H. “Marty” Martin
William H. “Marty” Martin80, considered perhaps the world’s foremost expert on solitary and rare wooden rattles, having studied them since childhood, died on August 3, 2022 after being bitten by a wild wooden rattle on his own property in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, his wife Renée Martin told investigators.
Joe Villari, director of the Bull Run Mountains Preserve in northern Virginia, testified that even in his old age, Martin often hiked steep slopes to monitor rattlesnake populations in remote areas.
Martin had survived at least one previous bite, but University of Minnesota toxicology professor Dan Keyler, a snakebite expert, told media that a second snakebite is often more deadly than a first. bite, that rattlesnakes become more dangerous as they grow, becoming able to inject more venom, and older people tend to be more susceptible to snakebites.
Tim Harrison, Founder of Outreach for Animals, said: “Keith Gad, Rus Muntz and I were honored to be able to interview and film Marty as he introduced us to his secret world of timber rattlesnakes in the beautiful mountains of the National Park. of Shenandoah, Virginia.
“We’re blessed that he enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed his,” Harrison said, “also that he didn’t leave us and disappear into the forest like he did with other film crews when he was bored.
“People call people who are the best at what they do ‘goats,'” short for Greatest Of All of Them, Harrison added. “Marty was the best, but he also ran around the mountains like a goat!”
Monarch butterfly researcher and public librarian Sarah Schmitt42, her husband Tyler Schmidt, also 42, and their six-year-old daughter, Lula, were murdered in their tent at approximately 6:20 a.m. on July 22, 2022 while camping at the State Park Campground in Maquoketa Caves, forty miles east of their home in Cedar Rapids.
The small community of monarch butterfly researchers and conservationists has been repeatedly shocked by killings in recent years.
Notably, Mexican monarch conservationists Homero Gómez González, 50, and Raúl Hernández Romero, 44, were found beaten to death, stabbed and drowned on January 29, 2020 and February 1, 2020, respectively, at the reserve of El Rosario butterflies in the State of Michoacan. , Mexico, after repeated conflicts with poachers working in the reserve.
(See Are conservationists becoming an endangered species?)
But investigators have found no motive for the massacre of the Schmidt family.
Anthony Sherwin, 23, camping with his parents about 75 yards away, apparently shot Tyler Schmidt and Lula Schmidt, stabbed Tyler and Sarah Schmidt and strangled Lula Schmidt, while nine-year-old Arlo Schmidt escaped from the tent and ran – ironically –– to the Sherwin family’s tent for help.
Sheriff’s deputies and park rangers found Anthony Sherwin nearby dead from a self-inflicted wound from a so-called “ghost gun”, the serial number of which had been removed.
Anthony Sherwin had no criminal record and left no notes explaining his actions.
The Schmidt family lived in Lawrence, Kansas from 2002 to 2018, where Sarah Schmidt worked at Monarch Watch, establishing her credentials as a lepidopterist, and was a graduate student in biology at the University of Kansas.
Tyler Schmidt had worked in finance and engineering.