Death of Sullivan Co. man, 85, ruled homicide

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The death of an 85-year-old retired farmer is being investigated as a homicide.

Lowell Badger of Merom was found dead by one of his sons on the floor of his bedroom Saturday morning. An autopsy Monday determined Badger died as a result of a gunshot wound and his death is being declared a homicide.

Electronics and other items were reported missing from the victim's residence.

Police have interviewed several people, but say an arrest is not imminent.

Anyone who noticed suspicious people or vehicles in the area at the time of the homicide or other 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.

Rewards offered

In an effort to generate leads that will solve this heinous crime, two agencies are partnering with law enforcement to offer cash rewards for information.

The Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1000 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. Persons providing information can remain anonymous.

Secondly, the Indiana Farm Bureau is offering a cash reward of up to $2000 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, IN. 46206 or 317-692-7840 or