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Wary hiker killed in woods

Criminal negligence charge laid
Forest near Tottenham a favourite spot

Nov. 8, 2006
Toronto Star
JIM WILKES, Staff Reporter

Marianne Schmid loved to walk the leafy paths of the lush public forest near her home west of Tottenham.

But the 67-year-old hiker never made the daily trek during hunting season, her family says, because she was wary of hunters shooting at deer or wild turkeys that amble through the pines a 45-minute drive north of Toronto.

Schmid didn't know hunting season had begun on Monday, and, despite wearing a red sweater and jeans, was shot dead by a hunter who thought she was wild game wandering the woods that afternoon.

Her husband, Walter, who was worried when she didn't return home, took his 2-year-old grandson for a ride to find her and ended up identifying her body in the back of an ambulance by the side of the road.

Police last night charged a Keswick man with criminal negligence causing death in the incident.

"She was my everything," Schmid said yesterday in the stone and wood home he and Marianne built themselves in the late 1960s, even as she was pregnant with son Toby, now 36.

"It's stupidity," he said.

"We'll never — never — recover what was destroyed by that one shot."

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