Missing Alabama Woman May Have Been Kidnapped And Pushed Off A Cliff

Mary Elizabeth Isbell Wright has been missing for nearly two years. After a long investigation, Loretta Kay Carr, 43, has been arrested and charged for kidnapping and murdering her.

June 30, 2023
Mary Elizabeth Isbell Wright, pictured here, is a caucasian female with brown hair and brown eyes. She stands 5′ 6″ and weighs 115 pounds.

Mary Elizabeth Isbell Wright has been missing for nearly two years. After a long investigation, Loretta Kay Carr, 43, has been arrested and charged for kidnapping and murdering her.

Photo by: Hartselle Police Department

Hartselle Police Department

On June 25, 2023, Loretta Kay Carr, a 43-year-old Alabama woman, was arrested and charged with the murder of Mary Elizabeth Isbell Wright. Court records reveal that she is believed to have kidnapped Wright and then killed her by pushing her off a cliff in 2021. Authorities have not revealed what the relationship was like between the two women or what motivation Carr had for killing Wright.

A missing person report was filed for Wright, and according to a post from the Hartselle Police Department, she was last seen in November 2021. She went by Beth and was last known to live in DeKalb County. PEOPLE reported that Wright was 37 years old when she disappeared and was allegedly last seen driving a dark-colored jeep.

Carr was arrested by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and booked into the DeKalb County Jail. She is being held there without a bond. Carr’s attorneys argued that there isn’t enough evidence to prove Carr murdered Wright. The judge granted their request for a preliminary healing and scheduled it for Aug. 21.

Nick Welden, the DeKalb County Sheriff, offered this statement to WAFF:

“DCSO along with several other Law Enforcement entities and Emergency Services personnel are currently on the scene of an undisclosed location attempting to recover possible human remains. At this point, no other information is available. The case is top priority and further information will be released when available and no risk of jeopardizing the case is considered.”

After Carr’s arrest, law enforcement officials are trying to locate Wright’s body. No further information has been shared.

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