December 1, 2023

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The Sandlot actor’s mother is murdered in a Northern California town

The Sandlot actor’s mother is murdered in a Northern California town

Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office in Crescent City, California.

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A Northern California sheriff’s deputy was found dead Thursday and her boyfriend is suspected of killing her, the department she worked for said Friday.

Del Norte County Deputy Diana Ismail was discovered at her home on North Bank Road in Crescent City on Thursday after a co-worker was sent for a welfare check. Wild Rivers Outpost The reported co-workers became concerned when she failed to show up for work and did not answer subsequent phone calls.

Ismail is the mother of actor Marty York, best known for playing Alan McLennan “Yeah-Yeah” in the 1993 film “The Sandlot.” Ismail also had her own career in Hollywood. Ha IMDb page She appears to have worked primarily as a group animal trainer for several decades. She recently made the change to law enforcement, joining the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office in 2021. “It’s time for me to take everything I’ve learned in my life and help others,” Ismail said at the time.

according to New release From the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office, investigators identified Daniel James Walter, 54, as Ismail’s boyfriend and the suspect in her murder. After a short search for Walter, he was taken into custody on Friday in Curry County, Oregon.


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“This is the hardest article I will ever have to write, but I found out from the police department last night that my mother was murdered by a man she was seeing,” York said. he wrote on Instagram. “The emotions I feel are terrible right now between anger, revenge and crying.”

Walter, who police say legally changed his name to Edward Patrick Davis in July, is now in custody in Del Norte County. Jail records show he is being held on $1 million bail and charged with murder. “At this time, we cannot release further details as this is an ongoing homicide investigation,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

According to Del Norte County court records, Walter was charged in March with unauthorized entry of a dwelling. It is not clear which residence he is accused of illegally entering.


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“We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Deputy Ishmael,” Del Norte County Sheriff Garrett Scott said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and co-workers.”

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