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Gallia County Hunting Death Remains Unsolved

November 19, 2014
By Larry Claypool - OVO Editor , Ohio Valley Outdoors

GALLIA COUNTY, OH - A southern Ohio county sheriff is hoping the one-year anniversary of a local hunter's death will stir the emotions of someone - other than the victim's family - so the case can be solved. It was the opening day of deer gun season in Ohio (December 2, 2013) when 45-year-old Larry Bradley was found dead - in his treestand - from an apparent gunshot wound. To date no one involved in the death has stepped forward.

For Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning it's a very troubling case. Nearly three weeks after the shooting death of the former Navy war veteran authorities received an anonymous letter from someone claiming responsibility for the shooting. Basically confessing to the fatal shooting, the letter writer begged for forgiveness and said "I am not a bad man just a very scared and sorry man."

Last year the sheriff's department released only part of the anonymous letter in an attempt to have the person who penned the letter come forward. That didn't happen. Now Sheriff Browning hopes raised emotions - as the anniversary of the accident draws near - will force someone to admit to being involved.

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Ohio hunter Larry Bradley was found dead, in his treestand, from an apparent gunshot wound on opening day of gun season 2013.
Photo provided by Gallia County Sheriff's Office

"We hope by re-releasing the letter, in its entirety, the person responsible for the shooting will come forward. We want to get the case information out to the public again," said Sheriff Browning.

As seen in the attached letter, the person claiming responsibility for the shooting said he was hunting on a farm property where he did not have permission to be on. He was tracking a deer he'd shot just after daybreak when he heard someone yelling. "It scared me so much cause I didn't have permission to be there," admitted the writer.

The person yelling in the woods could have been Bradley, who was shot in the back, about 18 feet up in his treestand. Bradley was able to call his wife for help, but he didn't tell her about being shot. He told her he just needed help. When help arrived Bradley was dead.

The letter also said, "...this is eating at me like a cancer. Please tell the family I am sorry."

The sheriff is asking for the public's help in identifying the person or persons involved in the death of Bradley. Anyone with information regarding this case should call the Gallia County Sheriff's office at 740-446-1221 or the Tip Line at 740-446-6555.



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