Slain Berks County supermarket executive Gary W. Redner must have put up a fight before he was killed.

Police issued an appeal to the public yesterday, asking for information about anyone who "may have unexplained wounds or bloody clothing" or sought "medical treatment for injuries" suffered during the assault of Redner, vice president of the 39-store Redner's Warehouse Markets grocery chain.

Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said yesterday that the cause of death was "multiple blunt force trauma to the head."

Redner, 55, was killed between 7 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday at his home on Rebers Bridge Road in Lower Heidelberg Township, northwest of Reading. Adams said the body was found Sunday morning in the driveway of a a neighbor he declined to identify.

Redner had visited Ganly's Pub & Restaurant, about a quarter-mile from his home, sometime on Saturday, Adams said.

Asked whether the investigation suggested a targeted attack or random act of violence, Adams said he had "no comment." He said the request for information from the public had generated "some tips, but we are continuing to look for more."

A reward for information that leads to an arrest has been increased to $20,000, police said.

Store officials said Gary Redner had worked for the company since his father founded it in 1970, most recently serving as executive vice president of procurement and director of wholesale operations; his brother, Richard, is company president.

Gary Redner, whose son also works for the company, was well-liked, often interacting with the growing company's staff of about 4,000, officials said.

A divorced father of two grown children, Redner lived by himself in a two-story brick house situated high on a ridge overlooking Blue Marsh Lake.

Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 610-378-4011, press 3. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Alert Berks County at 1-877-373-9913 or


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