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An informant has claimed to police that Zachary Pruitt, the Chatham man who went missing in July and was found dead this week, was killed by a named person of interest, according to a legal document obtained by the Star-Tribune.

A search warrant obtained by the Star-Tribune today revealed a cooperating witness told police that the man named in the document was the last to be seen with Pruitt alive, on surveillance tape.

"A cooperating witness advised that [the man in question] killed Zachary Pruitt to silence him over the larceny of five firearms on July 16, 2020," the warrant states.

The confidential informer has provided information of criminal activity in the past that, when investigated, was proven to be true and accurate, according to the document.

The confidential informer will be available for testimony in court if and when this case goes to trial.

The search warrant will give Pittsylvania County police access to cell phone contents and geo-location information belonging to the man named by the witness.

Devin Taylor, a media contact with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, chose not to offer a comment to the Star-Tribune.

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