Investigation Sheds Light on Truth About Arizona Mom’s Death at Disney Park

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The Anaheim Police Department has shared new information from the ongoing investigation into the death of a woman after a fall at Disneyland Resort.

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On Saturday evening, police officers arrived at Disneyland’s Mickey & Friends parking garage just before 7:00 p.m. local time after multiple reports of a woman falling from the structure. Those who reported the tragedy were uncertain about the circumstances leading up to the incident, and it was not clear whether the woman had fallen from the structure or jumped from it intentionally.

On Monday morning, reports began to surface as the Orange County California Coroner’s Office identified the woman as 46-year-old wife and mother, Marney Schoenfeld, a successful and beloved hairstylist from Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Schoenfeld’s husband, Randy, said in an email statement that his wife’s death “has been excrutiating.”

“She was a loving mother to her daughter, Sydney,” Randy Schoenfeld said. “She was a caring wife to me. She was a talented hairstylist of 23 years, and her clients loved her.”

At the time of the incident, it was unclear how Schoenfeld fell–or if she fell. The Anaheim Police Department opened an investigation into her death, and on Monday afternoon, FOX 11 Los Angeles reported that the department is indeed investigating Schoenfeld’s death as a suicide. Schoenfeld is the second person to take her life at the Disneyland parking structure since December.

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Only a few weeks before Christmas 2022, police responded to a similar scenario at the same parking structure after a man was seen falling from the building.

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He was later identified as 51-year-old Christopher Christensen, a beloved elementary school principal from Huntington Beach, California. Soon after, a letter written by Christensen and posted to his Facebook account only hours before his death seemed to serve as communication about why he took his life.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband and daughter and others who knew and loved her and are undoubtedly affected by this terrible tragedy.

If you or someone you love is struggling, there is help and hope. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The crisis center provides free and confidential emotional support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to civilians and veterans. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741-741 (Crisis Text Line). As of July 2022, those searching for help can also dial 988 to be relayed to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!