LEONARD, Texas — Fannin County detectives are still looking for evidence after three murder victims were found Saturday night.
The bodies of Harold and Sue Harpst and her adult daughter Regina Taunton of Leonard were found in a barn near Sherman on Saturday after their disappearance was reported on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Sue Harpst's son, Thomas Taunton, is being held in Louisiana, waiting for extradition.
Residents in this small community are now dealing with the reality of murder — and few answers to all their questions.
Darvin Nolen still looks at the front porch where he and Harold Harpst would rock and talk for hours. "He would kind of solve the world's problems sitting on that front porch," Nolen said.
He remembers the fence they built together so Harold could see the goats and donkeys grazing on his property.
And Nolen recalls the phone conversations with Thomas Taunton, hours before police started asking questions about Harpst's stepson.
"Thomas and Harold had a falling out, and Harold asked him to leave," Nolen explained. "He said, 'I hadn't been back in a couple of weeks, and now I can't get in touch with anybody.' He said, 'I just wanted to know what was going on.'"
Harold and Sue Harpst and their adult daughter were all found dead near a barn in Grayson County on Saturday. They were reported missing Wednesday.
The Fannin County Sheriff said more evidence was recovered at the scene, but there are still no answers as to how the family died — or what links Taunton to the slayings.
The Leonard community looked for answers at Sunday church services. Pastor Willie Johnson found comfort in scripture at the Harpst's home church.
He described the morning ritual as tense, with the congregation still in shock, seeking comfort.
"Healing is being able to sit around and talk to each other about it, and understand that we don't have the answers for everything," Johnson said.
Nolen wishes he had asked different questions when Taunton called him last week. Now he's just trying to make sense of the murders, knowing Sue Harpst won't be around to share her gardening ideas this spring.
And Harold's favorite rocking chair will remain empty.
"There won't be any more of them long conversations," Nolen said. "I just can't believe that it's real. That it's really happened."
The medical examiner will attempt to determine how, where and when the three victims were killed.
If Thomas Taunton does not waive extradition, Fannin County will seek a warrant to bring him back to Texas for questioning.