The massacre of eight members of a Pike County family is the largest mass killing in the United States this year.
And while mass shootings have become routine in America, a manhunt of this magnitude is uncommon because most often the killer commits suicide, is gunned down by police, or arrested within 24 hours, an I-Team analysis found.
Using media reports, the I-Team analyzed 121 high-profile homicides in which at least four people were killed, dating back to 2010. This includes public shootings, family shootings and single gang-related incidents. It doesn’t include drawn-out crimes such as gang wars or suspected serial killings.
Former FBI agents who have investigated violent crimes told the I-Team that the number of crime scenes and victims will necessitate a time-consuming investigation in Pike County. And Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has long cautioned the investigation could take some time.
But as more time goes by without law enforcement officials saying whether they are honing in on identifying a suspect or motive, tension is not abating in Pike County.
“Hopefully they solve it. But stuff goes unsolved all the time,” said Gene Brown, a bartender at Beril’s Bar on the edge of Piketon along the Scioto River. “I used to take out the trash here at 3 a.m. and open the back door and think nothing of it. Now I put the trash at the back door and wait till morning to take it out.”
DeWine understands the growing frustration over the case.
“If I lived in Pike County, I’d feel like it’s been a long time,” he said, adding that dozens of investigators are on the case, in addition to local and federal law enforcement.
“They’re going to stay down there until we figure this thing out. In my opinion, it will be solved.”
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