On April 22, 2016, the small rural community of Pike County suffered a tragedy that still impacts the town almost a year later. In the hills of Piketon, eight Rhoden family members were found shot execution-style in their homes.
The only survivors of the murders were three children with the ages of 4 days, 6 months and 3 years.
Attorney General Mike DeWine said the murders were “well planned” and executed by more than one person. He said at least one person involved was familiar with the properties where the bodies were found.
The bodies were found a four locations; three on Union Hill Road and the other about 10 minutes away by car.
In a recent press conference, DeWine told reporters there are 10 to 12 investigators working on the case in any given week and upwards of 800 tips received by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Pike County Sheriff’s Office.
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said the anniversary could bring renewed attention to the case, meaning the potential for new tips and information for investigators.
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