Purple Heart recipient, daughter identified as victims of Aurora double homicide

Double homicide in Aurora

AURORA, IN (FOX19) - Police have identified the victims of a double homicide in southeastern Indiana.

Lynn M. Deddens, the prosecuting attorney, says the victims are Walter Bryant, Jr., 78, and his daughter, Faith Crag, 58.

Dearborn County authorities discovered the bodies Friday night after family members requested a welfare check at a home on the 5000 block of Douglas Drive.

Deddens said a suspect was arrested Saturday near London, Ky. on an unrelated warrant. The suspect's name is not being released until formal charges are filed.

Friends say Bryant was a Lawrenceburg native and retired master sergeant in the U.S. Army, where he served for 21 years. He received two Purple Hearts after he was wounded in Vietnam.

"I'm telling you Walt Bryant was a true American hero, a true American Patriot," friend P.G. Gentrup said.

According to the Dearborn Register, Bryant was honored as a hometown hero by the Reds back in 2016.

"When I heard about what had happened, it was sad. It's a sad day. Mt. Bryant was part of the local Korean War veterans. He was recognized at our local Farmers Fair, also recognized at our Fourth of July event. A decorated veteran," Mayor Donnie Hastings said. "Deepest condolences from the city of Aurora. It's very, very sad."

Autopsies are being completed on both victims in Hamilton County. No cause of death has been released.

Authorities were at the Douglas Drive home Monday collecting evidence. Detectives with the Indiana State Police and Dearborn County sheriff's office are investigating.

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