Former Edwardsburg residents brutally murdered in Wisc. home

Elkhart, Ind. Former Edwardsburg residents Jim and Eunice Crain were found murdered Dec. 7 in their Wisconsin home. Their son, Jim Crain Jr. was charged Friday with intentional homicide in connection with the death of the Iron River, Wisc. couple.

The county’s coroner determined that 76-year-old Eunice Crain and her 79-year-old husband, Jim Crain Sr., died from blunt force trauma and loss of blood from being stabbed.

Elkhart resident Kevin Ruth, another one of the couple’s sons, told NewsCenter 16 that Jim Sr. worked at the Miles Lab in Elkhart for 23 years before moving to Wisconsin.

“He was always a hard worker -- I didn't get to see a lot of him because of that,” Ruth said of his step-father. “Through it all, they always stayed together and that I loved about him the most.”

Ruth also had a very close relationship with his mother.

“She was only 4'8'' -- she was a small woman and she was just the sweetest woman you would ever want to know,” Ruth said. “I had a special bond with her being her firstborn and I’m going to miss her a lot.”

Ruth was with his parents and his brother Jim Jr. at Thanksgiving and said he did not notice any tension at all.

“I had just talked to him and my mom on Thanksgiving and they were supposed to come down for Christmas,” he said. “Now all this… and they’re gone.”

Ruth was also very close with his brother.

“Me and jimmy have always been close, I mean, I've gotten into fights for him,” he said. Now Ruth’s left wondering what went wrong.

“Anger, confusion, why?” Ruth listed off. “What would make you do something like this?”

He hopes that anyone who may have worked with his stepfather at the Miles Lab or knew him from his time in Edwardsburg might learn about the story and wish to pay their respects. He urges anyone who would like additional information about the incident or funeral services to contact him at 574-259-2549.

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