Gallia County sheriff asks for public's help solving 2013 hunting death

Published: Dec. 2, 2019 at 11:43 AM EST
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It’s been six years since Larry Bradley was found shot to death while he was hunting in Gallia County.

Bradley was shot on Dec. 2, 1013, while he was hunting about one mile into the woods off Thaxton Road in Morgan Township.

Now, Sheriff Matt Champlin is encouraging anyone with information about the case to come forward.

“This case is still open and we hope and pray that whoever did this will do the right thing for Larry and his family and come forward,” Champlin said. “If this was truly an accidental hunting incident, I can't imagine why this person would not want to grant the family and themselves some everlasting peace by coming forward."

“The people or person that did this do not know the pain that they have caused all of us," Bradley's wife, Denise,told WSAZ in 2014.

Several weeks after the shooting, an anonymous letter was mailed to the sheriff's office. In the letter, the author claimed responsibility for the shooting, describing it as an accident.

"As of Dec. 2 my life has changed for ever,” the letter said. “I was hunting on the land that border the Russel farm tracking a deer I shot just after daybreak. I knew I was trespassing hunting on land I didn't have permission to hunt on when I shot at the deer I had been tracking. I heard someone started yelling it scared me so much cause I didn't have permission to be there and I couldn't afford a fine so I ran back to public hunting land and finished my day hunting. It wasn't until I herd on on the news later that day I new what had happened. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain that I caused on the day. Can u please tell the family I am so sorry, I have told no one of this not even my wife or kids this is eating at me like a caner. Please tell the family I am sorry. My life will never be the same, I am not a bad man just a very scared and sorry man."

Anyone with information about this case can call the an anonymous tip line at ‪740-446-6555‬.

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