Kauai horse killer still on the loose

Andrea Ellsworth
Andrea Ellsworth

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

LIHUE (KHNL) - A Kauai couple asks for the public's help to find the person who shot their horses. The gunman killed one of their prized horses, and badly injured another.

It's the first on-camera interview from the horse's owner. It's been about a month since the shooting happened, but Andrea Ellsworth and her husband are still in shock and hope whoever did it, comes forward, even if it was an accident.

Ellsworth's love for horses started at a very young age.

"Ever since I could say the word horse, I was just horse crazy," she said. "When a baby's born, it's impressionable, you get to put your hands on it for the first time and then you raise it to riding age and whether we sell it, or keep it, something new goes on with it, it's just a remarkably rewarding experience."

She's had many of these rewarding experiences, but last month, she experienced her worst nightmare.

"As he walked up, he saw the horse was dead, there was blood coming out from underneath him, so that's when he called me and I was on my way to work, I pulled off to the side of the road, heard what he had to say, just in shock," she said.

It was an early morning in July, her husband, Ben, arrived at their pasture to feed the horses. While Earl laid dead on his side, their other horse, five-year-old Buddy had suffered a gunshot wound to his face, barely missing an artery and surviving the attack.

"You always think something like that could happen, but just not to you, I don't know anyone who hates us enough to do that to us personally, I'd like to think there isn't anyone," she said.

Ellsworth says whoever did it, might've had to come through this gate, which is always locked.

Her pasture can't be seen from any main roads or highways, so she feels the person who did it, may be very familiar with the area.

All that's left of Earl are the many memories and a makeshift grave.

"I want to offer forgiveness for what happened," Ellsworth said. "I want to know if it was an accident, we have no ill feeling, we just want to know."

So far, Kauai Police have no major leads, just lots of unanswered questions.

The Kauai Humane Society is offering a $10,000 reward for tips that lead to the arrest and conviction of the shooter. If you have any information about this attack, call Kauai Police.