Tennessee Authorities Seeking 70-Year-Old Man After Deaths of Young Duck Hunters

by Will Shepard

Tennessee authorities are looking for a 70-year-old man in connection with the death of two men. More importantly, authorities are looking for David Vowell for questioning about the incident. The deaths occurred on Tennessee’s Reelfoot Lake.

The two men, both in their mid-20s died at the lake in northwest Tennessee on Monday, January 25. Vowell is the main person of interest in the homicide investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

Chance Blake and Zachery Grooms were shot at the historic waterfowl hunting area in Obion County. The Tennessee authorities are saying that Vowell is likely carrying weapons and is dangerous. They are also urging anyone who knows him or sees him contact the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation by phone or email.

Tennessee Authorities Looking for Man Who Killed Two Others

TBI is also anyone who was near the incident on Monday that might have heard or seen anything contact them as well. Even though Vowell has no arrests in Tennessee, he is the leading suspect for the Tennessee authorities.

Authorities did not answer how the two men died, however, local reporting outlets are saying that they were shot. One of their friends says that the two men would often go hunting in Reelfoot together. Black and Grooms also grew up together, even attending the same high school in Greenfield, Tennessee.

Additionally, Black was the son of the chief deputy of the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department. After news began surfacing of his death, the store owner posted a comment to Facebook about his passing.

“We lost a member of our team today, Chance Black. He was shot and killed, along with his friend, while duck hunting on Reelfoot Lake. Chance was a full-time manager in our gun department, and what an honor it has been for us to have him on our team. We ask for prayers for Chance’s family, friends, and all others involved as we navigate the impact of their deaths.”

The lake itself is an amazing waterfowl spot. The lake formed in 1811 after the earthquakes caused the Mississippi River to overflow. In doing so, the 23-square mile body of water was formed that now spans two Tennessee Counties.