The 34-year-old Hebron woman wardens say died Saturday in a hunting incident was described as “unforgettable” by her family members, Portland television station WGME, CBS 13, reported.
“We’re really gonna miss her,” Debbie Morin, the mother of victim Karen Wrentzel, told CBS 13. “She was a very unique individual and we all loved her a lot.”
Wrentzel loved the outdoors and dreamed of build an off-the-grid, sustainable home on the 16-acre wooded property where the fatal incident took place, her cousins told local NBC affiliate WCSH.
“She was carefree and she had a lot of hopes for that land and she wanted to do it all by herself,” cousin Arianna Durepos told the station. “She told me one day she wanted to live until she was 101.”
Another young cousin told the WCSH Wrentzel was “one of the only adults that I could really talk to and express all my emotions.”
A 38-year-old Hebron man who was hunting deer with his father has been identified by the Maine Warden Service as the shooter involved in the incident. Wrentzel did not have an affiliation with the two hunters, according to Cpl. John MacDonald, spokesman for the warden service.
MacDonald said wardens continue to investigate the incident and question the two men involved as well as witnesses. The two hunters have been cooperative with game wardens, he said.
The Maine Warden Service is working with the Maine attorney general’s office on the case.
This is the first fatal hunting incident in Maine since 2012. Saturday was the residents-only opening day of firearms season for deer hunting.
BDN staff writer Lauren Abbate contributed to this report.
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