Family, neighbors seek answers in Landrum triple homicide

SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – There are more questions than answers surrounding a triple homicide near Landrum.

The victims’ families and their neighbors say they’re hurting and concerned.

Crime scene tape in the yard is the only indication that something happened at a home on Landrum Mill Road.

But those who live in the neighborhood, as well as the victims’ families, know that something bad happened behind those closed doors.

“Who ever done it they didn’t have to kill some people if they wanted something. Why didn’t they just take what they went in after and leave?” questions Cora Paul. Her grandson, 23-year-old Nathan Poffenberger, is among the victims.

“He was a happy go lucky person he was always smiling and he’d help,” Cora remembers.

Poffenberger along with 59-year-old Francis Richards and Fred “Junior” Richards were found dead Saturday at the Richards’ home.

Investigators are only saying the murders were violent in nature.

That description doesn’t sit well with neighbor Paul Rollins.

“Should I be concerned? Was it somebody from the area that committed the crime that was my first thought,” Rollins says.

Deputies are not revealing much about the crime.

Investigators were out searching for evidence Monday.

All agree that catching those responsible would help bring closure.

“It’s just like I can feel him right around me it’s like I can just feel his presence,” Cora says.

A break in the case would also help ease worries in the neighborhood.

“I’ve never felt like I’ve needed to look over my shoulder but that may change now,” Rollins says.

Investigators are still asking for the public’s help to solve this crime and ask anyone with information to call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-888-CRIMESC.