Police still offer reward in 2016 murder

From Local Sources

FRENCH LICK — After two and a half years of investigation and following up on leads, detectives are still asking for help in solving the murder of 66-year-old James Bryson.

And a $5,000 reward that was established two years ago is still being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Bryson was found deceased on Dec. 27, 2016, at 11387 W. Orange County Road 50S in French Lick after concerned family members asked the French Lick Police Department to conduct a welfare check at Bryson’s residence after his family had not had contact with him for two days.

French Lick officers went to the residence on Orange County Road 50S and found that all the doors and windows were locked. Police say there were no signs of forced entry.

After numerous attempts to make contact with anyone inside, French Lick police forced their way into the home and found Bryson dead inside.

At that point, state police investigators were asked to assist with the investigation.

Detectives have said it is possible the suspect knew Bryson personally.

Police note that Bryson, who had no prior criminal history and no history of dealing with local law enforcement, lived with his sister who was out of town visiting family for Christmas.

Bryson was last seen on Dec. 24, 2016, three days prior to being found.

In a social media post today, Indiana State Police at the Jasper Post said “any information, no matter how insignificant it might seem, could be the missing piece of the puzzle that solves this tragic murder.”

Anyone with even the smallest piece of information is asked to contact the Indiana State Police Jasper Post by calling 1-812-482-1441 or email Sgt. Robbie Lambert at rlambert@isp.in.gov.

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