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Delia Owens' Where the Crawdads Sing murder investigation resurfaces

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Where the Crawdads Sing is a 2018 best-seller set on North Carolina's coastal wetlands.

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The movie stars Daisy Edgar-Jones, is produced by Reese Witherspoon (who made Owens' debut novel a book club pick), and has an original song by Taylor Swift. It opens July 15 with a remarkable pedigree and built-in popularity.

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In real life, however, a decades-old cold case involving Delia and her ex-husband Mark Owens emerged.

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The crazy incident involving elephants, poachers, and an alleged murder recorded on camera in Africa has been reported about for years, but is now making headlines again.

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The director of public prosecutions in Zambia told The Atlantic that her office would still like to question Delia, Mark, and his son from a previous marriage, Christopher Owens, about the alleged 1995 killing of a suspected poacher filmed by ABC News while making a Turning Point episode about Mark and Delia.

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"I've spoken with various executives of the Zambian national police's criminal investigation branch, and they're eager to speak to Delia Owens," Atlantic editor-in-chief Jeffrey Goldberg told NBC News' Joe Fryer July 15 on TODAY.

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Goldberg stated, "Zambian officials don't suspect Delia of murder or body disposal.

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Delia assured me they knew nothing about the crime and were innocent."

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The New York Times received no reaction from her representative this week, but in 2019 (when the case was previously raised because of her book's success), she said, "Non-participant

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Mark and Chris Owens have denied any misconduct or complicity, according to the Times and The Atlantic.

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NBC News requested comment from ABC News and Zambian authorities.

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