Indiana State Police detectives are requesting assistance from the public in
finding a television taken during the homicide of Sullivan County resident
Lowell R. Badger, hoping that will help lead them to the killer(s).
Stolen was Badger¹s 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 1st Sgt. Jeff Hearon or Detective Tom Hanks
at the Indiana State Police Putnamville Post, 765-653-4114. Tips can remain
The homicide is believed to have occurred sometime between 8 p.m. Friday
and 9:23 a.m. on Saturday.
Badger, a retired farmer who lived near Merom, was found dead on the floor
of his bedroom Saturday morning. An autopsy showed that he died from a
gunshot wound, and Sullivan County Coroner Jeff Griffith ruled the death a
To assist with the investigation, community members have established the
Lowell R. Badger Reward Fund, and individuals can make monetary donations at
any First Financial banking center or the Sullivan County Credit Union. The
two financial institutions are working cooperatively, and the fund had
already grown to $15,000 by noon today.
Funds from the account will assist law enforcement in the search for the
person(s) responsible for the death of Badger and to pay a reward for
information which leads to an arrest and conviction in the slaying.
Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers and Indiana Farm Bureau are also offering cash
Wabash Valley Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for
tips leading to an arrest. People 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 www.wvcrimestoppers.org. People providing
information can remain anonymous.
Also, the 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 can contact the Indiana Farm Bureau
Legal Affairs Team at 225 So. East St., Box 1290, Indianapolis, IN 46206 or
317-692-7840 or www.farmbureau.org.