Neighbor react to double homicide in Jefferson Co.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Neighbors describe Anthony Branch and Deborah Moncrief as a perfect couple, always willing to strike up a friendly conversation.

James Rice said, "It's very quiet around here and for that to happen…it's just shocking."

It was the last thing Rice expected to hear Friday morning, the news of a double homicide right down the street from his rural Jefferson County home. Rice adds, "They would walk the dogs maybe two or three times per week and I would stand at the end of the road and I would talk to them. They was real nice."

Branch and Moncrief were found by Moncrief's daughter at 6:30 Friday morning.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Maj. Lafayette Woods wouldn't comment on the cause of death but did say they're searching for a person of interest saying, "We just have a lot of evidence that we're going to collect, interviews that have to take place with family members and people that knew the two to see if anybody wanted to hurt them."

Major Woods says it's rare to find violent crime in this part of the county. Neighbors add they're anxious to hear more about exactly what happened as they mourn the loss of Branch and Moncrief. Rice said, "Good peoples, good peoples…they was real friendly and real nice. They was good peoples."

Maj. Woods says the home belonged to Moncrief. According to their Facebook pages Moncrief and Branch were in a relationship however that couldn't be confirmed by authorities.


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