Posted: Jul 11, 2013 4:28 PM by Katy Harris and Erin Schattauer
Updated: Jul 11, 2013 5:01 PM
The family of the little boy found murdered near Anaconda has issued a statement, asking for privacy.
Broderick Daniel Cramer, 3, of Lacey, Washington was the biological son of Jeremy Brent Cramer, 38, who has been charged with deliberate homicide, accused of killing the boy. Brody, as the family, refers to him was found murdered near Anaconda Tuesday morning.
The family issued the following statement:
"The family would personally like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers for Natalie at this time of grief. We would ask that you respect our privacy and respect the privacy of Natalie who is having to deal with so much loss at this time. We have been asked to start a trust fund in Brody's behalf, to help pay for the funeral expenses and other bills in relation to what Natalie is and will be left to pay. If you so feel impressed to contribute to this fund for Natalie, please make it to The Natalie and Brody Fund at Key Bank. We thank you for your generosity. Natalie is a strong woman, and has been blessed with strength beyond her own. We have recognized the the tender mercy's of The Lord these past few days, and continue to pray for his enabling power to strengthen Natalie throughout these trying times." [sic]
Donations can be made to the Natalie and Brody Fund. There are three Key Bank locations in the Lacey and Olympia area in Washington State. Donations can also be dropped off at the Old Montana State Prison Museum and U.S. Bank.
A memorial has also been organized in Anaconda to remember Brody.
The public is invited to gather at Washoe Park Thursday, July 18 to honor the boy. The gathering is being organized by people in Anaconda and Deer Lodge. It will start at 8 p.m. For more information call 560-7522.
Brody was reportedly taken from his family's home at around 9 a.m. Monday by his father.
The incident began unfolding in Anaconda Monday night when Anaconda-Deer Lodge Law Enforcement officers were called to a local convenience store at around 10:30 p.m. after a clerk reportedly saw a man trying to wash blood off his body and clothes in the restroom, according to a press release from authorities.
An investigation by Anaconda-Deer Lodge Law Enforcement determined that the man had left with his from Lacey, Washington, likely as part of a custodial dispute.
The Anaconda-Deer Lodge Law Enforcement Agency found the man's vehicle five miles southeast of town on Montana Secondary Highway 569, but the boy was not found at the time. At daybreak Tuesday, authorities began searching again and found the boy's body.
Jeremy Cramer is charged with deliberate homicide as well as misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He appeared in court Tuesday afternoon. He is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Anaconda-Deer Lodge jail.
His preliminary hearing is set for July 30.
Photo from KIRO 7 Courtesy of Cramer Family