Recent College Graduate Charged With Murdering Boss Who Had Been Like A Mother To Her

 Kaitlyn Conely was so close with her boss she was mentioned as a grieving “loved one” in the obituary.

By Benjamin H. Smith

Raven-haired Kaitlyn Conely was close with her boss Mary Yoder. Close enough that when Mary died suddenly last year at age 60, “Katie,” as the 23-year-old was known to friends, was mentioned as a grieving “loved one” in Yoder’s obituary. Apparently, Mary was like a mother-figure to Katie. They worked together for Chiropractic Family Care in Whitesboro, New York, which Yoder and her husband owned and operated for 28 years. Conely worked the front desk. Now she is a suspect in her longtime boss' murder.

 Family members began asking questions soon after Mary Yoder’s suspicious death in July, 2015. Oneida County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation that fall and in December ruled her death a homicide. The cause of death according to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office was colchicine toxicity. Essentially, she was poisoned. Colchicine is a powerful anti-inflammatory used to treat gout which can bring on damaging side-effects such as nausea, seizures and organ failure if taken in too high a dosage.

 Authorities are being guarded in releasing details about the case, but arrested Conely this week and charged her with second-degree murder, second-degree forgery, two counts of 1st degree falsifying business and two counts of petit larceny. Kaitlyn graduated in May from State University of New York Polytechnic Institute in Utica, where she was a business administration major and made the Dean’s list. 

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