JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Friends and family gathered Tuesday for the grim task of going through a loved one's belongings in a bloodied apartment.
Bob Eader, 55, was found stabbed to death inside his Spring Street apartment early Monday morning after police received a report of a disturbance.
"Everyone's devastated. You can never imagine," Eader's brother-in-law Adam said. He didn't want his last name used, since the suspects have not been caught. "It'll take a long time for it to sink in."
"You don't comprehend it," Eader's boss Allen Smith said. "It takes a while for it to set in. Last night, I'd wake up probably 15 times last night thinking about what happened to him."
Eader, a disabled Navy veteran, worked part time at S&S Brothers Jewelry and Repair in Jeffersonville.
Police believe he was murdered by James Washington and Dana Eisenback.
"I would consider them dangerous and desperate," Jeffersonville Police Detective Todd Hollis said.
Neighbors say Washington, who went by the nickname "Scuttles" had recently met Eader.
"I just introduced them. That's why I feel so bad because I just introduced them two or three days ago," neighbor Robert Monks said.
Neighbors believe Eader may have been targeted because he often carried a large amount of cash. Washington and Eisenback both have significant criminal histories.
"Scuttles, he's a motel jumper, here and there, sells dope," Monks said.
Police say the couple have frequented cheap motels in Jeffersonville, Louisville and Clarksville in recent months.
They are now the targets of a nationwide manhunt, that can't end soon enough for those who knew Eader best.
"I hope you're running scared," Eader's brother-in-law said. "And I can't wait till they catch you. I want to look in your eyes when you get sentenced to death. "
Washington and Eisenback are believed to be in an older-model gold or silver Mercury Sable with a Missouri license plate.