Earlier today a 24-year-old French Lick man was arrested in connection to the 2016 death of a French Lick man.

Cody Gabrel, 24, of French Lick, IN was arrested this afternoon without incident for the murder of James Bryson, 66, of French Lick.

Charges include Felony Murder, Murder, and Burglary Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. Mr. Gabrel is currently incarcerated in the Orange County Jail.

On October 18th, 2019 Indiana State Police Detective Shane Staggs submitted charges to the Orange County Prosecutors Office in relation to a murder investigation that began on December 27th, 2016.

Earlier this year, a $5,000 REWARD was increased to $10,000, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible for the death of Bryson.

Bryson was found deceased at his sister’s residence on December 27, 2016 at 11387 West County Road 50 South, French Lick.

Bryson had last been seen on December 24th, 2016.

The investigation is currently ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Shane Staggs at 812-482-1441.

All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty.