Decade after Redner's killing, investigators still steadfast

READING, Pa. - In his office tucked away inside the Pennsylvania State Police Troop L headquarters in Reading, Trooper Eric Schaeffer pours through page upon page, binder upon binder, on the life and death of Redner's Warehouse Markets executive Gary Redner.

"Even though I never met the man, I feel like I can pretty well understand who he was," said Schaeffer, who is the lead investigator of Redner's killing, which happened 10 years ago this week.

Redner returned home from Ganly's Pub and Restaurant in Lower Heidelberg Township on the night of March 8, 2008. Authorities said he was found the next morning, beaten to death in a neighbor's driveway.

State police said they believe Redner may have known his killer and that that person may not have meant to kill him.

Despite the case's high-profile, Schaeffer said he treats it like he does all cold cases.

"I don't know that I respond to the public pressure of solving Gary Redner," said Schaeffer. "I guess what I would say is that it's there."

Schaeffer sits on 10 years of information, some gathered by investigators before him, and he said he thinks someone out there knows something he doesn't.

"My personal belief is that there are people out there who know what happened that night and just are withholding the information," said Schaeffer.

Crime Alert Berks County is offering a $125,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Tips can be reported to Crime Alert via anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913.

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