Two newspapers separately sued for access to the full autopsies.
Authorities want to shield information, arguing that its release could compromise the investigation. The coroner also says victims’ relatives raised concerns about sharing details of how their loved ones died.
Kendra Rhoden, daughter of Kenneth Rhoden, said she agreed with the court's decision to hold the unredacted autopsies.
"The court decision on not releasing them was a good choice," she said. "The autopsy reports are really no one's business."
Tony Rhoden, Christopher Sr. and Kenneth's brother, said he hoped the ruling would help investigators focus on finding the killers.
“Now, I hope that will let the State do their job and not have to worry about something in those reports getting out, that could jeopardize this case," he said. “My main focus is justice for my family, this family needs that, but also the people of Ohio need that also, because who ever did this is still free, and I pray to god that it won’t happen to somebody else’s family.”
State and local authorities don't have a suspect and have remained tight-lipped about any specific progress in the case. During a news conference in April, investigators said they believed residents of Pike County were holding back information on the unsolved massacre because they were scared.