Ruby withdraws Pike Co. massacre reward, citing 'complex criminal developments'

The reward was for $25K

CINCINNATI — Prominent Cincinnati businessman Jeff Ruby withdrew his offer for a reward in last week’s massacre of a family in rural Pike County, Ohio.

Ruby offered a $25,000 reward over the weekend to anyone who could provide Sheriff’s deputies information leading to an arrest and conviction in the killings of eight members of Pike County’s Rhoden family, who were all shot execution-style — all but one suffering multiple gunshot wounds — overnight, April 22.

WATCH Jeff Ruby explain his initial decision to offer the reward in the video player here:

 

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But, less than a week into the investigation, Ruby rescinded that offer via Twitter early Thursday afternoon, citing “complex criminal developments” in the case:

Ruby initially declined WCPO’s request for further details on his decision — deferring to a spokesperson — but as WCPO previously reported, three marijuana grow sites were found at three of the four crime scenes during deputies’ investigation, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the day following the killings.

Ruby would later tweet again, clarifying that he is withdrawing the reward and his involvement in the case due to the possibility that the executions were perpetrated by members of a drug cartel.

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“They weren’t doing this in their garden,” DeWine told WLW’s Bill Cunningham Monday. “They were doing this to sell.”

DeWine would not comment on whether the killings and the marijuana grow sites were connected, but also told Cunningham, “Nothing is off the table.”

WATCH DeWine's initial announcement about the grow sites discovered at the crime scenes in the video player here:

 

WCPO has reached out to Ruby's spokesperson and is awaiting reply.

WCPO will update this developing story as more information becomes available.

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