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Murdered Trooper's Rank Reinstated; FBI Joins Investigation

Posted October 2, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Police investigating the murders of two fellow officers are getting help. FBI Director Louis Freeh has offered any assistance investigators need in gathering evidence in the murders of trooper Ed Lowry and deputy David Hathcock.

They were gunned down last week during a traffic stop in Cumberland County. South Carolina brothers Tilmon and Kevin Golphin are charged with the murder. Investigators are in Virginia and South Carolina to interview motorists who may have seen the shootings.

A week after his murder, Trooper Lowry has been reinstated to his former rank. The State Personnel Commission decided last month to reverse the demotion of Trooper Ed Lowry.

The order had not been filed before Lowry was killed.

Lowry had been demoted from sergeant to senior trooper after a 1995 incident in which he shot at a car he suspected was carrying drugs.