A third reward fund has been set up to assist law enforcement investigators with soliciting information from the public about the recent murder of 85-year-old Lowell R. Badger.
Badger lived on a rural Merom farm in Sullivan County.
Badger's body was found by a son on the floor of his bedroom Saturday morning. Cause of death of the retired farmer has been determined to be a gunshot wound, according to information released earlier by the Indiana State Police.
Police announced Wednesday that a television was stolen from Badger's residence. Stolen was Badger's black, Sony Bravia, 46-inch, LCD television.
Anyone who has knowledge of a friend, relative, acquaintance, pawn shop, etc., who recently obtained this type of television in a suspicious or questionable manner is urged to contact ISP First Sgt. Jeff Hearon or Det. Tom Hanks at (765) 653-4114.
The homicide is believed to have occurred sometime between Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. and 9:23 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 according to a prepared news release from Indiana State Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Joe Watts of the Putnamville Post.
A special fund has been set up at First Financial Bank.
"Funds from the account will assist law enforcement in the search for the person(s) responsible for the death of Mr. Badger and to pay a reward for information which leads to an arrest and conviction in the death of Mr. Badger. The fund is currently at $10,000 and growing," according to Watts.
Individuals can make monetary donations at any First Financial Banking Center for the Lowell R. Badger Reward Fund.
Questions concerning the First Financial Bank Reward Fund should be directed to Mike Lueking or Duane Wampler at (812) 268-3331.
Two other rewards were previously announced.
The Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for tips leading to an arrest.
Persons with information can submit their tips by calling crime stoppers at (812) 238-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting their tips online at http://www.wvcrimestoppers.org/ .
Persons providing information can remain anonymous, Watts pointed out.
Indiana Farm Bureau is offering a cash reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction for person or persons responsible for the criminal acts related to this case. Individuals interested in this reward may contact the Indiana Farm Bureau Legal Affairs Team at 225 South East Street, Box 1290, Indianapolis, Ind., 46206 or (317) 692-7840 or www.farmbureau.org .
"Detectives are working vigorously to solve this murder. All leads and tips are being investigated one by one," he said.