CEDAR FALLS – One person has been arrested in connection with the death of a Cedar Falls hunter whose body was found near Lake Rathbun.
According to court records, authorities have filed first-degree murder charges against Ethan Landon Davis, 27, of Promise City, in the death of 31-year-old Curtis Ross.
Ross had traveled to Appanoose County on Nov. 23 to retrieve hunting equipment he had previously set out, and he was reported missing on Nov. 25 after he failed to return to a home where he had been staying.
His truck was discovered near the entrance to the Rathbun Lake hunting area, and his body was found later that day. An autopsy determined he had been shot and stabbed numerous times.
Investigators found ammunition and ammo magazines in the area of Ross’ body as well as spent shell casings from a rifle and a large area of blood.
Fingerprints on some of the items pointed to Davis, according to court records, and authorities searched his Promise City mobile home, which sat on more than 400 acres of property belonging to his parents.
Authorities also found Davis’ vehicle hidden, and tests found traces of blood, records state. They also found a rifle hidden under farm equipment on a remote area of the property, and the weapon had blood and Davis’s fingerprints, records state. Ballistics tests showed casings from the scene matched the rifle, records state.
Davis was arrested on unrelated charges on Nov. 25 and has been in jail since then.