MEROM -- Indiana State Police and Sullivan County Sheriff's Department officers are working around the clock to piece together the circumstances that led to the tragic death of a rural Sullivan County retired farmer, whose body was discovered Saturday morning.
The body of 85-year-old Lowell R. Badger, of 10447 West County Road 350 North, Merom was found by a son on the floor of his bedroom at 9:23 on Saturday morning with visible signs of trauma, according to a prepared news release from Sgt. Joe Watts, ISP public information officer from the Putnamville Post.
"Electronics and other items were found missing from the residence," Watts stated.
Forensic pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr performed an autopsy Monday morning at Terre Haute Regional Hospital.
Sullivan County Coroner Jeff Griffith has released the manner of death as "homicide" and the cause of death as a "gunshot wound," according to Watts.
"To protect the integrity of the investigation the caliber of the ammunition and the location of the gunshot wound will not be released," Watt stated.
Several interviews of various individuals have been conducted, but no arrests have been made and none are imminent, Watts noted in the news released.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact First Sergeant Jeff Hearon or Detective Tom Hanks of the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post at (765) 653-4114.
"Detectives are interested in the time frame from Friday, Dec. 8 from 8 p.m. until 9:23 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Anyone noticing suspicious person(s) or vehicle(s) in the area of the homicide is urged to call the Indiana State Police. Remember, no tip is too small," Watts concluded.