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Man Who Reportedly Murdered 2 Duck Hunters Found Dead in Swamp

by Emily Morgan
(Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Getty Images)

The 70-year-old man accused of killing two duck hunters in Tennessee was found dead in a swamp on Saturday.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, authorities found David Vowell’s body in Reelfoot Lake, not far from where they think Vowell shot the two hunters on Monday.

As stated by District Attorney Tommy Thoman, Chance Black, 26, and Zachery Grooms, 25, were at Reelfoot Lake on Monday morning when Vowell got into a verbal altercation with the men. Vowell allegedly began firing his weapon, killing both Black and Grooms.

According to Thomas, it’s still unknown whether Vowell knew the victims.

Local authorities found Vowell’s body around 3 p.m. local time on Saturday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said.

While authorities have yet to release a cause of death has, they did say that Vowell was positively identified and that an autopsy would follow.

Thomas also stated that Vowell had fled the scene on foot. Police recovered his boat and seized the car he drove to the boat ramp.

The state of Tennessee had warrants out for his arrest on two counts of first-degree murder and was considered armed and dangerous at the time.

Authorities Find Alleged Murderer In Tennessee Swamp

Authorities searched for Vowell among the massive area of Reelfoot Lake State Park, located near the Missouri and Kentucky borders. With over 15,000 acres of thick, murky swampland, it was no easy feat.

Both Black and Grooms would often go hunting in Reelfoot together, according to the pair’s friends. They attended the same high school in Greenfield, Tennessee, 40 miles from the lake.

Black worked at a sporting goods store. Grooms was a recent graduate of Bethel University where he had been on the archery and baseball teams.

After the news of the murders was released, the sporting goods store posted a moving tribute.

“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.”