Elderly man shot during a burglary and his safe stolen. Nine years later, police haven't found the safe or the killer.

Source: Indiana State Police

Dec. 14 2021, Published 3:50 p.m. ET

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An 85-year-old man was shot and killed in Indiana and a safe was stolen from his home. Now, a decade later, police haven’t found the safe or the elderly man’s killer.

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On Dec. 8, 2012, Lowell R. Badger was found dead on the bedroom floor of his Sullivan County home, according to Indiana State Police. His son, Alan, and daughter-in-law stopped by the house on the way to the funeral. That is when Alan found his dad.

“Clearly there are things that I will never unsee,” Alan told WTWO. “But then again, you know, I’m glad that I am the one that saw him than somebody else. You know, it’s a lot to carry, but yet that’s okay. I’m good with that.”

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Police said Badger was shot during a burglary of his home. Taken from the house was a safe that was light-to-medium dark gray. It was about 23-and-one-half inches tall, 17-inches-deep and 17-inches wide. It was in pristine condition and made by John D. Brush and Company.

A television was also stolen from the home.

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“You just don’t ever foresee yourself walking into a situation like that,” Alan told the TV station. “And, um, experiencing that, you know, the, the brutality behind it just continues to amaze me.”

Badger was active in the farming community serving on several local boards, according to WTWO. He was also always willing to help those in need, his family said.

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Police are asking anyone with information on the murder to contact the Putnamville Post of the Indiana State Police at (765) 653-4114. Last week, on the 9th anniversary, police announced the reward for information had been increased to $50,000.

Investigators said they have received more than 275 tips since 2012 and done 175 interviews, according to Fox59. But, to date, they have yet to find the killer.


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