Delia Owens, author of “Where the Crawdads sing”, was reported to have been sought for questioning in 1996 poacher murder.


A haunting new movie “Where the Crawdads Sing,”Reese Witherspoon produced this murder mystery, which is set in the south and is based on Delia Owens’ best-selling book.

Owens spent twenty years in Africa working with elephants and other endangered species. Now, there is a murder mystery.

In 1996, ABC News chronicled the couple’s attempts to combat elephant poaching in the region. A disturbing video was captured in which a suspected poacher is shot and killed.

The Atlantic reports that Owens is being sought as a co-conspirator, witness or accessory to the murder more than 20 years later.

According to the magazine, her husband wrote a letter that described poaching. “Two poachers have been killed and one wounded that I know of thus far, and we are just getting warmed up.”

Nigel Smith is also covering the story as an editor for People. 

“Shortly after the killing, Delia and her ex-husband moved away from Africa to Idaho, a very remote part of Idaho,”Smith stated.

Witherspoon fell in love with Owens’ novel and produced the movie, which was released this week.

The murder investigation was neglected for decades. But the success of both the book and the film have brought attention to it.

In 2020, Delia Owens told an interviewer, “I had nothing to do with the terrible event.”