Indiana State Police now say that an autopsy was performed this morning at Terre Haute Regional Hospital by Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr.
Sullivan County Coroner Jeff Griffith has released the Manner of Death as “Homicide” and the Cause of Death as a gunshot wound.
State Police tell us that in order to protect the integrity of the investigation the caliber of the ammunition and the location of the gunshot wound will not be released.
Indiana State Police Detectives along with the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a retired Sullivan County farmer at his rural home at 10447 West County Road 350 North, Merom, IN.
The deceased victim is 85-year-old Lowell R. Badger.
Preliminary investigation revealed the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from the victim’s son at 9:23 this morning reporting the death. The son was making a routine visit when he discovered his deceased father. The victim was found fully clothed on his bedroom floor and displayed obvious signs of trauma. Electronics and other items appear to have been taken from the residence.
The Indiana State Police is requesting anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area between the hours of 8:00 p.m. on December 7 and 9:23 this morning, to contact ISP detectives at the Putnamville Post, 765-653-4114.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, December 10th , 8:00 a.m. at Terre Haute Regional Hospital by Dr. Roland Kohr.