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Gary Redner's son speaks out about dad's murder, search for justice

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 08 2013 03:07:57 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 08 2013 05:00:00 PM CST

The son of a murdered Berks County supermarket executive has broken his silence, five years after his father was killed.

LOWER HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. -

The son of a murdered Berks County supermarket executive has broken his silence, five years after his father was killed.

Gary Redner, the executive vice president of Redner's Warehouse Markets, was found dead in March 2008.

"There's a rush of emotions. We're all just mourning the loss still," said Gary Redner, while thinking about his father.

The Redner family is still grieving and desperately searching for answers. Time has not stopped Redner's son from fighting to uncover the truth. Redner's killer still hasn't been brought to justice.

"I remember rushing to his house, and there was a barricade up already," said young Gary. "I didn't really know what had transpired or that he was deceased at the time."

That was five years ago this weekend.

Today, Gary has followed in his father's footsteps. He's the executive vice president of procurement for Redner's Markets and works in his dad's old office. Pictures of the two hang on the wall, even one of dad playing the drums.

Gary is still hoping for an arrest.

"It would be absolutely huge. We're never going to forget him, but at the same time, it would certainly bring a little clarity to everything," Gary said.

Redner was last seen alive leaving Ganly's Pub and Restaurant on March 8, 2008. He was found dead in his neighbor's driveway in Lower Heidelberg Township.  

According to police, the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head. Gary said he can't imagine why someone would do that to his father.

"I can't picture it, to be honest. He was always kind and giving," said Gary.

Over the years, investigators have been tight-lipped. Search warrants and autopsy reports remain sealed. The investigation has taken police to several states, but they've come up empty.  

Now, Crime Alert Berks County has launched a new campaign to help catch the killer. Billboards encouraging tips and highlighting the reward are going up along the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

"If that reward or that tip can be called in by someone who sees that billboard going from state to state, that's what we want to have happen," said Eric White, consumer communications specialist with Redner's Markets and a Crime Alert board member.

"Unfortunately, I feel as though it's not gaining ground," said Gary. "We certainly would like it to come to an end."

Gary wants closure and won't stop until justice is served.

If you know anything that can help police catch Gary Redner's killer, you can call Crime Alert with your anonymous tip at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $120,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.