- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

SULLIVAN, Ind. (AP) - The family of an 85-year-old retired farmer found shot to death in his rural western Indiana home three years ago is appealing to the public to come forward with information that could help solve the case.

“There are lots of pieces to this puzzle, and I’m sure there are pieces that need to be put in place,” said Alan Badger, who found the body of his father, Lowell Badger, on Dec. 8, 2012. “It may take just one piece that someone has, that they don’t think is critical, but it can make the puzzle complete.”

Police say Badger was killed during a burglary of his Sullivan County home about 30 miles south of Terre Haute.

“We are still getting tips, still running down leads,” state police Lt. Jeff Hearon told the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star (https://bit.ly/1SzBhwe ). “But we haven’t got that particular lead that will lead to an arrest. But we have a couple of suspects.”

Many Sullivan County residents came to the family’s aid after the killing, organizing searches of the open farmland around the Badger home and combing roadsides for things that may have been stolen.

Police say a flat screen television and a heavy safe were taken from the home. A lamp also was damaged, but little else was taken. A more expensive television was left untouched. Badger’s daughter, Linda, said the safe probably had no money inside, just legal papers, and that her mother had written the combination on the wall right next to the safe.

Family friend Duane Wampler, who serves on the Sullivan County Council, said the unsolved killing has caused fear in the community. Many people, including Badger, commonly left their exterior doors unlocked.

“There are people in this community that bought guns who would never have had guns, until he was killed,” Wampler said. “And there are people who had guns at the time, who now keep them loaded, and they have children in their homes.”

Hearon said police need someone with knowledge of the case to step forward.

“We hope that at some point in time, someone gets a conscience and comes forward,” Hearon said.

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Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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