Mary Knott was murdered the day before Valentine’s Day by her Ex-boyfriend
Southern California authorities confirmed that a 44-year-old veterinarian who competed in international triathlons was killed on February 13 by her 33-year-old ex-boyfriend, who later took his own life.
The media San Diego Union-Tribune, KSWB-TV and KGTV reported that Mary Knott was murdered the day before Valentine’s Day by her ex-boyfriend, Hilton Williams.
Investigators found both bodies inside an apartment in Carlsbad on February 14. Police moved to the site after receiving a tip from Australian authorities, according to reports.
An Australian relative of Williams contacted police after receiving a text message from him saying that he had murdered Knott and that he was about to commit suicide.
After no one opened the front door for them, the agents forced their way into the apartment, where they found the victim and her killer.
Lt. Jason Jackowski said officers broke into the apartment on Village Drive near Magnolia Drive and found the couple dead. He declined to release further information, including how they may have died, citing an ongoing investigation.
Knott participated in more than 20 competitions including Ironman and she blogged about her experiences. she also competed in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, finishing second.
Williams, her murderer, was also a multidisciplinary athlete.
According to her friend and triathlon coach, Hillary Biscay, Knott was an “amazing human being ” she was training for three swim marathons in 2021.
She was also a veterinarian.
“She was a daughter, sister, aunt, mother, devoted animal and veterinarian”. Biscay wrote in an email to Union-Tribune. “She had many gifts and shared them generously”.
“Mary was everything from lifeguards to a major source of motivation and inspiration for her athletes.”
Each Ironman competition consists of a 3.8 km swim, a 180 km bike ride and the more than 40 km that comprise a marathon. Knott qualified for the 2016 Kona race by finishing third in his division at the 2015 Ironman Arizona.
Long before she qualified for the prestigious race, Knott started her blog “Finding Kona”.
In recent years, Knott turned his attention to even more demanding Ultraman races, where competitors swim nearly 10 km, cycle 420 km and run two marathons. Knott achieved second place in the division at both Ultraman Australia and Ultraman Hawaii.
In 2021, Knott planned to complete what is known as the “California Triple Crown” – swimming through Lake Tahoe, the Catalina Canal and the Santa Barbara Canal. Only 19 people have accomplished the feat.