An Idaho woman was arrested in the poisoning death of her husband, whom she claimed to have drowned in a boat accident on a lake two years ago.
Search teams found the body of Larry Isenberg, 68, in March 2018, a month after falling into Lake Coeur d’Alene.
Mother of six Laurcene “Lori” Isenberg, 66, was booked in Kootenai County jail on first-degree murder charges, accused of planning to kill her husband by deliberately creating the situation in which he was immersed in the lake and died, say legal documents.
Laurcene “Lori” Isenberg, 66, was booked Monday in Kootenai County prison (left) on charges of first-degree murder. She is accused of poisoning her husband, Larry Isenberg (right), 68 and having him drown in Lake Idaho in February 2018
Isenberg’s indictments also mention poison, lurking, or torture as potential killing factors. Larry Isenberg’s body contained lethal levels of Benadryl, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s office.
The autopsy discovered that he had an amazing 7,100 nanogram of the allergy drug in his system, while 100 nanograms to 1,000 nanograms are considered normal.
A week after her husband’s death, Isenberg wrote a letter to friends and family about the events, which was obtained by The Spokesman-Review.
Despite Larry’s recent fight with the flu, the couple took the boat from February 13 to see the sunrise, the engine stalled, Isenberg wrote, and her husband fell overboard as he leaned over the engine.
Isenberg wrote that she was trying to reach Larry, but tripped over a space heater and hit her head.
Lori claimed that Larry fell overboard while the two were sailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho
Isenberg said after she was “furious” looking for Larry, she finally found his phone and called for help. She told a detective that she had waited two hours because she did not want to leave the area where her husband fell into the water.
Her story about Larry’s health was different from that of his friends, who told the police that Isenberg texted them that morning of February 13 to say he was feeling better.
A friend also said on February 13 that Larry sent him a ‘thumbs-up’ emoji, even though he had never used an emoji in his life. However, Lori was known to use the emoji regularly.
Lori pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud in January 2019 and was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement of her employer
Isenberg was later accused of embezzling half a million dollars from her former employer, the North Idaho Housing Coalition.
She pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud in January 2019 and was sentenced to five years in prison for embezzlement of the organization.
Four daughters of Lori Isenberg have been guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud because they have received money from their mother who has been misappropriated.
Researchers also discovered that handwritten changes had been made to the will of Larry Isenberg to give 80 percent of the retired ranger’s estate to his wife’s six daughters and 20 percent to his own two children.
Isenberg has been under continuous investigation for her husband’s death, including a charge against the jury on January 31 that eventually led to the murder charge filed this week.
In an interview with KHQ After Lori’s arrest, Larry’s adult son, Dean Isenberg, speculated that his stepmother was trying to prevent his father from finding out about her financial crimes.
“As far as we all knew, they had a great marriage,” the younger Isenberg said. “It was something you could model your own relationship with. It seemed like everything was perfect. Father was happy. Nobody knew what was happening behind the scenes. ”
Lori Isenberg was brought to Kootenai County in Idaho on Monday from the SeaTac federal detention center in Seattle, according to court documents. Her bond was set at $ 2 million. She will be back in court next Tuesday.