SULLIVAN COUNTY -- A community continues to wait for answers in the murder of an 85-year-old man from from Sullivan County, while officials believe someone might know a crucial piece of information that can lead to solving the case.
Lowell R. Badger, a farmer, was was found dead on the floor of his rural home from a gunshot wound to the head that police believe happened --- nearly four years ago --- between Dec. 7 and Dec.8, 2012.
Investigators discovered that the possible suspect(s) also allegedly stole the following items from Badger's home:
Indiana State Police and Sullivan County Office have since worked continuously on the case.
"Detectives have investigated over 100 tips, conducted nearly 100 interviews, and combed many areas of land in the Sullivan County area," ISP Sgt. Joe Watts said, adding, "Throughout this investigation and as recently as late November of this year, ISP divers from the Central and South teams have searched various bodies of water in and around Sullivan County, including locations on the Wabash River, looking for any evidence in this case, as well as the items taken from the home."
No clues to the Badger case have been found during searches at this point. Meanwhile, law enforcement and the Badger family remain hopeful someone will come forward with any information related to the man's death or missing items.
A reward of $30,000 is available for the person (s) who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction for those responsible for Lowell’s death.
"This is a very active investigation and all tips will be investigated. Tipsters can remain anonymous," Watts said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Indiana State Police Detective Angie Hahn or ISP Detective First Sergeant Jason Fajt at the Putnamville Post (765)-653-4114 or Sullivan County Sheriff Clark Cottom at 812-268-4044.
A Terre Haute man was dead on impact after a one-vehicle crash in eastern Vigo County last night.
Clifford Mize, 44, was driving a 2004 black Chevrolet pick-up truck westbound, when he left the roadway and struck several trees, Chief Deputy John Moats, of the Vigo County Sheriff's Office, said today.
According to the report, deputies responded to the single vehicle crash in the 7200 block of Old Maple Avenue just after 8 p.m.
"Mr. Mize was pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash," Moats said, adding that It does not appear that a seat belt was in use at the time of the crash.
Toxicology results are pending. Assisting with the investigation was Indiana State Police and Seelyville Fire Department.
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