Sauna victim stabbed multiple times; husband speaks to LBK News

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According to a coroner’s report, 54-year-old Lori Ann Martin was stabbed numerous times and had a toxic level of Benadryl in her system when she was found deceased in the sauna at the Moorings on Longboat Key on Jan. 23.

Longboat Key Police have still officially not released the name of the victim and refer to the event as either an “intense suicide” or a “homicide” and are waiting the results of forensic and toxicology reports. According to Police Chief Pete Cumming, the manner of death has not been concluded by Medical Examiner Dr. Russell Vega and the Police Department is proceeding on all fronts with its investigation.

According to Cumming, the deceased left the boat at the Moorings that she shared with her husband, David R. Martin, around 11 a.m. and her body was discovered at about 5 p.m. in the afternoon in the sauna.

The Medical Examiner has estimated she died between 12 noon and 2 p.m. on Jan. 23. Both she and her husband were engineers from Ohio who had retired and were planning a trip according to her husband, to Nova Scotia this summer.

David Martin told Longboat Key News that he is absolutely sure her death was not a suicide and referred to his deceased wife as “the most incredible person.”

He said that more than 1,000 people showed up at her wake and he is now spending his time grieving and seeking answers, as is their three sons and Lori’s parents who live in the Meadows in Sarasota.

“She took care of me and I took care of her. We loved each other more than you can imagine, and I’ve been going to grief counseling, reading books and trying to stay in the moment,” said Martin.

When asked who he believes may have committed such a crime, Martin said, “Maybe she walked into something she shouldn’t have walked in to.” He pointed out that there are numerous dockworkers, landscapers, employees, transient boaters and all manner of individuals coming and going from the Moorings throughout any given day.

David Martin said that at the time of her death, he was in Costco shopping with friends from a neighboring boat. He added that he was devastated when he heard the news and spends most nights talking to family and trying to make sense of his life that has suddenly been altered.

Chief Cumming said he is not at liberty to discuss the case, but that he is confident all of the answers will be forthcoming but was adamant that it is the Medical Examiner’s role to determine the cause of death and it is the Police Department’s job to gather, present and provide evidence.

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3 Responses for “Sauna victim stabbed multiple times; husband speaks to LBK News”

  1. Mary says:

    Lori was an amazing person. She loved everyone and everyone loved her. Truly. The only thing she hated was paying full price for anything. She was an awesome mother, step-mother, wife, sister and friend. She was loved by all. The story Mickey told above is how Dave and Lori treated everyone. Anyone who spent time with them felt special. I really hope that the police can find out what happened so that those who love her can have closure and so that Lori can rest in peace.

  2. I didn’t know Lori extremely well, however anyone who had the privilege of meeting this beautiful woman wouldn’t have to know her for more than a few minutes and she greeted you as if she has known you for a lifetime, even if it was the first time meeting her. She would greet you with a beautiful smile and one of the most heart felt hugs and made you feel so welcome and comfortable as if you were already apart of her family. I believe everyone was family to her as she genuinely loved, cared, and valued each and every person she has ever met even if you were a stranger. I’ll never forget when I first met her and Dave through a former boyfriend. Him and I had dinner with the couple and some other friends at their former residence in Howland. Their home was absolutely beautiful, Lori gave me a tour and I loved how she decorated the place. Dave cooked all of us a wonderful meal. They made fresh baked bread with oil and fresh grated Parmesan cheese, and a cheese plate (it was as if we were at a beautiful top of the line restaurant). Dave took my former boyfriend and I to show us where he made his home made wine and also where he prepped his hot peppers he would can. He also showed us a car he was restoring and told us so many stories about his love and passion for all of these things. Lori made sure everyone was comfortable, she was a wonderful host and was always asking if anyone needed a drink or anything (she was a people pleaser). I remember looking at them and thinking to myself, for as long as they have been together you could still see they were still madly in love with one another. They looked at one another as they probably did the moment they first fell in love, they were constantly hugging, kissing, and finished one another’s sentences (it was NOT fake by any means) these two wonderful people were definitely soulmates! They also showed us some funny videos, stories/ memories from some of the traveling they already did on their boat before they decided to sell their beautiful home and make their boat their permanent residence (which they were so ecstatic about). I also had the privilege to attend their son’s beautiful wedding reception at their Howland residence and I was not the least bit surprised how Lori had the back yard decorated and once again was a wonderful host. She had so much to live for, positive people like her are one of a kind, she was so full of life, very healthy (she took such great care of her health that you would never have know she was 54), constantly smiling, loving and never took one day of life for granted. It truly makes me so sad beyond belief that this person who was not only beautiful inside and out, would have to leave this earth and all the people who loved her, especially Dave in such a horrific manner! I PRAY they find the person who took the life of this beautiful soul, and that her family will get the Justice they deserve! But NO justice will ever bring this wonderful person back! So I pray that somehow and some way all of her family, friends, and loved ones can find a positive way to move on with their lives in honor of Lori, as I believe that’s what Lori would want! Always remember life is too short and we are never promised tomorrow, so try and not take a single day for granted (like Lori), be kind to one another, and always let your loved ones know just how much you love and care about them. My prayers and condolences go out to each and every person that loved and cared for Lori. God bless everyone!

  3. Pat Stefano says:

    Lori Martin truly was an amazing person. She put a smile on everyone ‘s face regardless of who they were. She welcomed everyone and that ultimately may have been her demise. Please find some answers. Being in a constant state of anger is a terrible place to live. I am truly honored to have had her call me friend. Rest In Peace -an thank you for the visit Sunday night

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