Anderson Area Crime Stoppers offering reward in 25-year-old homicide case

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ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) — The Anderson Area Crime Stoppers, alongside the family of Richard Martin, are offering a combined reward of $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of Richard Martin.

Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride and Ada Martin, Richard’s mother, announced the reward during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

According to the sheriff’s office, Channing Richard Martin was attacked and killed by an unknown suspect(s) on September 2, 1995.

“We have been a team, working to find the answers to who murder Richard,” Ada said.

“At 1:05 am on September 2nd, 1995, my 24 year-old son, my only son, was found lying in the middle of a rural road not too far from our homes,” Ada said.

She said Martin was found with severe head trauma and died later that afternoon. Investigators said he was last seen at a place called, Nancy’s, now known as Sue’s Wings and Things off of Highway 81.

“I can’t imagine, as a parent myself, I can’t imagine going through this for 25 years and not having all the answers and not knowing,” McBride said.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said a number of leads have surfaced over the years, but they, along with Richard’s family are still hoping for justice.

“Anything that anybody’s got, please come forward…you never know that one little thing might be what we need,” Ada said.

If you have any information, contact the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office or Anderson Area Crime Stoppers at 1-888-274-6372.

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