Vernon County Sheriff John B. Spears reports an ongoing homicide investigation in rural Chaseburg, WI, in the town of Coon. Sheriff Spears reports his office received a 9-1-1 call Saturday morning, March 16, 2019, at approximately 9:15 AM, from a residence on County Road KK. The caller was identified as David M. Stowe, age 59, and he reported suspicious activity.
Upon arrival of the first deputy, a male victim was located just outside the residence. The victim, identified as Stuart George Warner, age 75, of Snowflake, AZ had no signs of life and was pronounced dead at the scene by Vernon County Coroner Betty Nigh. Upon further investigation, it was determined that a firearm was used in the incident. An autopsy is being conducted today in Madison to determine an official cause of death.
David Stowe was taken into custody and booked into the Vernon County Jail for First Degree Intentional Homicide and formal charges will be sought through Vernon County District Attorney Timothy J. Gaskell.
Assisting the Sheriff’s Office was The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, State Crime Laboratory, Wisconsin State Patrol, and Vernon County Emergency Management. Also assisting with family notifications were the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, Holbrook, AZ, and the Snowflake Police Department, Snowflake, AZ. It was determined Stuart Warner was currently staying with David Stowe at the time of Warner’s death.
The Sheriff’s Office will maintain scene security pending results of the autopsy; however, there is no threat to the public. The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and Vernon County Coroner.