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Breaking: Gun found in Highlands Channel

August 18, 2010 | 03:39 PM
Elkhorn — The Walworth County Sheriff's Department retrieved a gun that is believed to have been used in an Aug. 5 shooting in the town of Walworth.

In the murky waters of the Highlands Channel, the dive team located the weapon at 10:25 a.m. Aug. 18. The gun has been sent to the State Crime Lab for further analysis.

On Aug. 5 at 3:46 p.m., Eric Grethe, 20, Lake Geneva, was shot with a small caliber handgun. Law enforcement found Grethe lying in a driveway near Townline Road and Bennett Street.

Shortly after the shooting, the Walworth County Sheriff's Department took Nathan N. Williams, 28, Darien and Corey Moore-Morrison, 18, Janseville into custody. Both are being held in the Walworth County Jail on probation holds.

The Sheriff's Department is still investigating the shooting. Charges have not yet referred to the District Attorney's Office.

The investigation surrounding the shooting continues and law enforcement has only released tidbits of information.

"There were drugs involved," Walworth County Sheriff David Graves said Wednesday afternoon.

Walworth County Sheriff's Department Capt. Dana Nigbor said the incident was a robbery situation, but each man's role is still unclear.

She said it is unknown whether the shooting is gang-related, but "we are looking into that."

"We are working the case pretty vigorously and we are getting to the end of our investigation," she said Wednesday afternoon.

Grethe (click for larger version)
Nigbor said Grethe is considered a victim, but it is possible that he will face charges in the future.

Finding the weapon

The Highlands Channel is a difficult place to search for evidence because of low visibility and items sinking into the silt at the bottom of the water, Graves said.

"It took a lot of patience and a lot of time," Graves said. "I'm amazed they found it. I'm proud of the fact they were able to find it."

Graves said the divers methodically searched the area for the weapon "by feel."

At first the divers searched an area pointed out by one of the suspects, but later expanded the search and found the weapon.

"Its kind of like looking for a needle in a haystack," Graves said.

Without the weapon, Nigbor said the Sheriff's Department would have been able to recommend charges, but it is still a valuable piece of evidence.

"It is always nice to get every piece of evidence that we can," she said. "It is a very important piece."

Nigbor also commended the dive team for finding the weapon.

"It was a little bit of luck and a lot of skill," she said.

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