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New details revealed in cold case killing of Gary Redner

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 06 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Mar 08 2013 06:25:31 AM CST

This weekend will mark five years since one of the most high-profile murder cases happened in Berks County.

LOWER HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. -

This weekend will mark five years since one of the most high-profile murder cases happened in Berks County.

Gary Redner, the executive vice president of Redner's Warehouse Markets, was killed in 2008, and the case remains unsolved.   

The case is active, and tips are still coming in, with the latest one being received just last week, said police. 

On Sat., Mar. 8, 2008, Redner was less than a quarter-mile from his home, inside Ganly's Pub and Restaurant on Brownsville Road.

"That was the last time he was seen alive," said District Attorney John Adams. "It was a very stormy evening."

Redner reportedly left the bar alone that night, and hours later he was dead.

Family members told 69 News he was brutally murdered, lying in a neighbor's driveway, and his fingerprints were found on their garage door in Lower Heidelberg Township. Redner's house was locked, and family members believe he never made it inside.

"It's a very frustrating case at this point," said Lt. Raymond Guth, Pa. State Police.

Redner died of blunt force trauma to the head, said police.

Five years later, investigators haven't stopped. Billboards are posted throughout Berks County, and state police have binders stacked with nearly 1,200 pages detailing the investigation.

"There is more man hours than you could count that have been put into this," said Guth.

Search warrants and autopsy reports remain sealed. According to investigators, they have worked with three different forensic pathologists, and the investigation has led them to several states.

"Pennsylvania, New Jersey, North Carolina and we've been to Maryland," said Guth. "Unfortunately, each and every place we go, we've hit dead ends."

Investigators said they need more information and believe someone out there knows something. Even the smallest tip could help, and they want people to come forward to help close this case.

"This remains a priority for the state police, it remains a priority for the district attorney's office, and I am certain this is a priority for the Redner family," said Adams.

Friday night on the Berks Edition at 5:30 p.m., 69 News will continue to look into the Gary Redner investigation. In an exclusive interview, a member of the Redner family will speak out for the first time.

In the meantime, anyone with information that can help investigators crack the case is urged to call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913.

A cash reward of up to $120,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.