Dad of Pike Co. victim: Killer knew the family

Posted at 6:57 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 11:22:58-04

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio — “She’d give you the shirt off her back.”

That’s how Leonard Manley described his daughter, Dana Rhoden, one of the eight Pike County family members found shot to death “execution-style” at three different locations Friday morning just outside Peebles.

A tearful Manley spoke with reporters Monday afternoon just outside of the crime scene on Union Hill Road, which remains blocked off as Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Officers continued their survey of the scenes and nearby wooded areas.

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“She went out of her way to help people,” he said, adding that Dana worked at a nursing home nearby. “She worked hard.”

When asked what he’ll miss most about her?

“Being with her.”

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Manley wouldn’t speculate as to why someone would have killed his daughter and seven other members of her family, but he did say that he found it odd that the shooter or shooters were able to get in and get out despite his daughter’s two dogs.

“Whoever done it know’d the family because there were two dogs there that would eat you up, but I ain’t gonna say no more,” he said.

But despite the horror that's befallen his family, Manley said he's more angry than afraid for his life, calling the person or people who did this “scumbags.”

“If someone kicks down my door, he better say, ‘Sheriff, deputy,’ or something,” he said. “Because he ain’t gonna get a second chance.”