A man is dead and a woman is recovering following a Thursday morning stabbing at a Tavernier residence. 

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a Pacific Avenue home at 4:55 a.m. on Thursday for the report of a disturbance involving a stabbing. Deputies arrived to find 54–year-old Thomas Charles Dotschay dead of an apparent stabbing. Deputies also located 53-year-old Carola Dotschay who also appeared to have a stab wound.

After securing the scene medical personnel were brought in and provided medical attention to the victim who was airlifted to Jackson South Medical Center in Miami via Trauma Star in critical condition. 

The sheriff’s office said the couple’s 21-year-old son, Christopher Joe Dotschay, was also home at the time of the incident. He was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. The sheriff’s office said it is believed that the father fatally stabbed himself and stabbed his wife as she attempted to stop him. 

The female was last listed in stable condition and is expected to live. 

“This case remains under investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available,” said Sheriff Rick Ramsay. “It does not appear that any other individuals were involved in this incident.”

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Jim McCarthy is a Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 3-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, mixed martial arts and golf. He loves to hit the links and play some softball with his Make A Play team. He also enjoys time with family (he's expecting a little boy in October).