Delia Owens, Author of 'Where the Crawdads Sing', Wanted in Connection with The 1996 Murder of A Zambian Woman

An alleged poacher was killed in Zambia in 1996 and the author of the best-selling novel Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens, is being sought for interrogation.

In the wake of a scathing exposé in The Atlantic, Zambian national police confirmed with officials that Delia, her ex-husband, Mark, and Mark’s adult son from his first marriage, Christopher, are all being sought for interrogation.

Delia Owens, Mark, and Christopher, according to the authorities, should be questioned about the accused poacher’s killing and other criminal acts in the African region of North Luangwa as possible witnesses, co-conspirators, and accomplices to felony offenses.

ET Has Reached out To Delia for a Comment

Delia Owens, Author of 'Where the Crawdads Sing', Wanted in Connection with The 1996 Murder of A Zambian Woman

In March 1996, ABC News aired a documentary that depicted the execution of a suspected poacher while he lay still on the ground.

Neither the alleged poacher’s identity nor the person who fired the fatal shots is revealed in that documentary, according to The Atlantic, which reported on the case.

A 2010 New Yorker article interviewed the ABC News cameraman who captured the killing, and the cameraman laid the blame on Christopher as the shooter.

An investigation has also established that Mark may have used a cargo net to drop the victim’s body into an adjacent lagoon, according to an officer in charge of the probe.

An ex-Zambia national police commissioner told The Atlantic that the investigation into the killing of a soldier had halted because the body had not been recovered.

The former police commissioner reportedly commented, “The bush is the best spot to do murder.” This “evidence” is eaten by animals.

It was as a conservationist pair that the Owens family ended up in Zambia in the early 1990s, saving elephants from the hands of poachers and unscrupulous officials.

Delia Owens, Author of 'Where the Crawdads Sing', Wanted in Connection with The 1996 Murder of A Zambian Woman

A 2,400-square-mile national park was patrolled by a local militia, which Mark virtually commandeered to rid the area of poachers by any means necessary.

He’s also rumored to have conducted airborne operations against suspected poaching camps, according to some. Mark allegedly boasted in a letter received by The Atlantic about the poachers he had killed under his watch.

During an interview with The New Yorker 12 years ago, Delia said she had nothing to do with the killing of the supposed poacher.

“We don’t know anything about it,” she replied. “Mark’s only act of violence was to scare away poachers with firecrackers he threw from his plane.”

According to Delia, when faced with the letter in which Mark is said to have boasted about the killing of poachers on his watch, he said: “Because you don’t get it, we’re all wonderful people. We were merely attempting to assist.”

The 1996 homicide has a striking resemblance to Delia’s 2018 bestseller, which has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and is based on the same events.

Kya Clark, the protagonist of the tale set in the 1950s, lives on a remote swamp track in North Carolina and is also suspected of murder.

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