Gegli news - A 9-Year-Old Boy Is The Sole Survivor Of A Shooting Attack On His Family During A Camping Trip - 7/25/2022 8:05:05 PM 8:05:05 PM
The Iowa Department of Public Safety said in a statement that the victims of the shooting at the Maquoketa Caves State Park, near the Illinois border, were Sarah Schmidt, 42; husband Tyler, 42; and daughter Lula, 6.
Authorities said they were called to the campground at about 6:23 a.m. local time on July 22, and they found the bodies of the three victims inside their tent. When officials evacuated the park, they then determined one camper was unaccounted for, prompting a search of the area that resulted in the discovery of the body of Anthony Orlando Sherwin, who is presumed to be the shooting suspect. The 23-year-old from Nebraska was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“We don’t know what led up to this, what precipitated it,” a Department of Public Safety official said. “The investigation has not revealed any early interaction between the Schmidt family and [Sherwin].” A GoFundMe for Arlo, the surviving child, has so far raised more than $140,000 to help him and to fund his future education.
Maquoketa Caves State Park is a state park of Iowa, United States, located in Jackson County. It stands northwest of the city of Maquoketa. In 1991 111 acres (45 ha) on the east side of the park were listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.
The park contains more caves than any other state park in Iowa. A trail system links the caves, formations, and overlooks while providing a scenic hiking experience. Many areas on these trails have seen new construction, making the journey to the caves safer. Most of the caves may be entered by persons of average physical ability, but some are more advanced. However the park's caves were closed to humans between 2010 and April 2012 in the hopes of protecting the resident bats from white nose syndrome.
The park is in the Driftless Area of Iowa. This region escaped being glaciated in the last ice age, while regions to the east and west were not spared. The park has been subjected to hundreds of thousands of years of natural non-glacial erosion.
The park's caves, limestone formations and rugged bluffs represent a step back in geological time of thousands of years. Stalactites once hung from the ceilings and stalagmites rose from the floor. Souvenir hunters have robbed the caves of this rare beauty, but many formations remain. The park's limestone caves, arches and chimneys including Dancehall Cave, Hernado's Hideaway, Shinbone Cave, Wye Cave, and an unmarked cave within the Dancehall Cavern locally known as Steelgate Cave.
Today a modern interpretive center outside the park entrance provides maps and other informational materials. Inside the park, a central map kiosk includes charts of some of the more interesting caves.
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