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Sheriff: Double Homicide Suspect in Induced Coma

Updated: 12/09/2013 5:27 PM
Created: 12/08/2013 10:58 AM WDIO.com
By: Emily Haavik and Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

The suspect in an Iron River double homicide is in an induced coma at a Duluth hospital, according to Bayfield County Sheriff Paul Susienka.

At a Monday press conference, Susienka said the Saturday night 911 call for help came from one of the victims, 76-year-old Eunice Crain.  Sheriff's deputies found Eunice Crain and her 79-year-old husband, Jim Crain, deceased and their 44-year-old son Jimmy Crain injured.  The son is a suspect in the case.

Susienka described the crime scene as "brutal" and said the deaths were not caused by a firearm, but said it was too early to say definitively what caused their deaths.  He said Jimmy Crain's injuries were caused by cutting.

"When the hospital is ready to release him, we'll take steps then to secure his custody," Susienka said Sunday. "We think the suspect we have in custody is solely responsible. We don't think there is any need for immediate community concern."

Susienka said Monday that Jimmy Crain didn't live with his parents permanently, but had been staying there for a while.  He said other family members live outside of Wisconsin.

News of the murders rattled the small northern Wisconsin town. 

"That's not something we see here in this small town; it was shocking," Eric Olson said Sunday.

Olson is the landlord at the triplex where the alleged murder happened. He also owns the bar down the street where the two victims visited often.

"(They were) two salt of the earth people that were family oriented and had a wonderful impact on our community," Olson said.

Another friend and neighbor of the couple spoke to us on Monday. Donna Olson lives a couple doors down from the Crain's home. She said news of the suspect was not surprising.

"He was a fuse bomb waiting to go off at anytime," Olson said. "I hope he gets the worse thing that could happen to him."

Preliminary autopsy reports are expected to be released late Monday.

The community in Iron River will gather this Sunday, December 15, from 11 to 3 p.m. to celebrate the life of Jim and Eunice. It will be at the VFW. Friends are asked to bring a dish to share.

Eunice and Jim Crain
Rod Abbas

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