Friday marks fifth anniversary of unsolved homicide in Sullivan County

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Lowell R. Badger

Sullivan — Friday will mark the fifth year anniversary of the unsolved homicide of 85-year-old Lowell R. Badger of rural Sullivan County.

The retired farmer was found deceased from a gunshot wound on the floor of his bedroom at his rural Sullivan County home at 10447 West County Road 350 North. The homicide is believed to have occurred sometime between Friday, Dec. 7 from 8 p.m. and 9:23 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.

Since Badger’s death in 2012, Indiana State Police and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office have been vigorously working the case. Detectives have investigated 100 tips, conducted nearly 100 interviews, and combed many areas of land and water in the Sullivan County area on foot, with aircraft, all-terrain vehicles, boats, and SCUBA divers.

Lowell R. Badger

Indiana State Police and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office strongly believe someone in the community has information related to this case. Investigators would urge them to come forward and provide the information. If person(s) are in fear of reporting what they know, law enforcement has the means to mitigate those concerns. So, if you know something, say something. Be the one to help bring some closure to the Badger family.

Law enforcement and the Badger family continue to solicit help from the public. Anyone with information is strongly urged to call Indiana State Police Trooper Mike Taylor (assigned full time to this case) or First Sergeant Jason Fajt at the Putnamville Post (765)-653-4114 or Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom or Chief Deputy Jason Bobbitt at the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line 1-800-589-0805. This is a very active investigation and all tips will be investigated. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

A reward of approximately $30,000 has been established and available for person(s) who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Lowell’s death.

Please direct media inquiries to ISP PIO Sergeant Joe Watts.

Taken from the home were Lowell’s safe, a light to medium dark gray, measuring 23 1/2 tall, 17” depth, and 17 “wide, in pristine condition and manufactured by John D. Brush and Company. Also taken was his black 46” Sony Bravia LCD television.

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