On April 24, 2016, at 4:29 p.m. EST, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed that marijuana was growing at two of the scenes where the Rhoden family of southern Ohio were murdered.
According to authorities, seven of the autopsies have been completed, and the eighth autopsy will be done tomorrow.
The three children who survived, and who were spared from the shootings, have been taken into custody by the state. According to the sheriff, those children who had injuries were treated and released.
“The family was murdered execution-style and while they slept on April 22. Seven adults and a 16-year-old teenager were killed. Authorities have confirmed the victims were all members of the Rhoden family.
Sheriff Reader and the investigators believe there could be more than one shooter. The murderer(s) are at large and armed. Four families were executed and, because one house was located further away from the other three, it is believed the Rhoden family was targeted by the shooter(s). However, there is still no known motive at this time.
The sheriff has advised residents to stay in their homes and lock the doors. It is not known if more than one weapon was involved in the shootings or if anything was stolen from the homes.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone that may have any information to contact them immediately.
By Jeanette Smith
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