Police said a Richburg man charged with second-degree murder Friday was tracked down when he sought permission to claim the venison from a deer he killed with his pickup truck.
Jeffrey A. Button, 20, of Pleasant Valley Road, is accused of the shotgun slaying Tuesday of James E. Crandall, 45, of Hornell.
State police said a report filed by Button to claim the venison tipped them off to his whereabouts. On Wednesday, near Bolivar, Button hit the deer, then filed the report to claim the animal's carcass for meat, state police said.
Button was arraigned before by Avoca Town Justice Pat McMahon and committed, without bail, to Steuben County Jail in Bath.
Crandall's body was discovered along Honey Run Road, west of Hornell, about noon Tuesday. He had been seen last in Hornell Monday night.
State police Investigator Russell Hicks said a shotgun believed to have been used to kill Crandall has been recovered.