(CMR) April 24 Cayman Marl Road reported that American cruise ship passenger Carol Ann McNeill-Skorupan (68) died the same day the local DPP's office decided to push for a second trial after a hung jury – turns out she committed suicide with a gun.
Reports are that the Madison Wisconsin woman left her home near Lake Mendota for a walk April 18 and never returned, according to Madison police records. After she didn't return phone calls, her husband called the police, who joined others in searching woods near her home on Thorstrand Road.
After learning she had been upset over the pending case, and was likely armed, the officers donned body armor and a ballistic shield as they continued their search. But when they found her, she was already dead.
Madison police reports show that McNeill Skorupan had been gone about two hours when police were called around 5:30 p.m. Her husband explained that her experience in the Cayman Islands had been traumatic, but he did not believe she was suicidal or had any weapon.
Another officer ran into friends already searching for McNeill Skorupan in the area. They described her as very stressed and said she often carried a gun.
One friend was calling out into the woods, words to the effect of “It's not as bad as you think,” according to the reports.
That officer contacted another officer who was speaking with McNeill Skorupan's husband at their home. He then checked the house and realized a gun normally kept in the bedroom was missing.
Following directions on a Find My iPhone app, officers found McNeill Skorupan's body about 150 yards east of some apartments on Overlook Pass.
McNeill Skorupan, a certified public accountant who was active in the Dane County and Wisconsin Republican Party. She claimed a lost baggage that contained the handgun and communication was sent to her by mistake by Delta Airlines; her defense was she instructed them to send it to a friend in Florida. However, the prosecutors here maintained she directed them to send the bag to her knowing the contents.