Police: 2 suspects on the run after man found dead in Jeff. apartment


by Bryan Baker/Adam Walser


Posted on December 3, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 4 at 12:31 PM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Jeffersonville Police are looking for James Washington and Dana Eisenback, who they said had a hand in the murder of Robert "Bob" Eader early Monday morning.

Authorities are asking for the public's help locating Washington and Eisenback who are said to be in a 2002 gold or silver Mercury Sable with Missouri plates, WG8Z9H. They are considered dangerous and desperate by police.  They have a connection to addresses in both Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Washington and Eisenback were named as suspects after Eader was found stabbed to death in his Spring Street apartment, which was ransacked. Police said Eader was stabbed at least three times, including two fatal stab wounds to the chest and throat.

The coroner confirmed the wounds 55-year-old Eader sustained were the cause of his death. 

The crime shocked neighbors.

"Our call came approximately 4:30 am of a call of a disturbance. Our officers arrived and we found the victim," Jeffersonville Police Det. Todd Hollis said.

"He worked everyday. He rode his bicycle to work every day. He was friendly," neighbor Robert Monks said.

Monks said he spent Saturday night watching movies with Eader. He believes Eader may have been targeted for his money.

"Bob always kept a large amount of cash on him," Monks said. "The night I sat over there and watched TV, he had $200 or $300 on him."

Eader worked at S&S Jewelry and Repair on 10th Street.

"In this kind of business, you have to worry who you have around you and stuff. You could count on Bob," Allen Smith, co-owner of the jewelry store, said.

Eader often attracted business to the store by carrying a sign along the road. Co-workers said he was a Navy Veteran, originally from Ohio.

"Bob was a strong man. I'm sure he would have done anything he could to live," Smith said.

But co-workers also said there was trouble in recent days. On Friday, they said Eader told them a man he had a confrontation with months ago came into the store.

"He said, 'listen, this guy I've had a problem with, he just came into the store. I just want you to know in case something happens,'" Smith said.

If you have any information about this crime call the Jeffersonville Police anonymous tip line at  812-281-TIPS.