Pike County crimes scenes now open

Posted: 10:55 AM, May 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-17 11:56:42-04
Pike County crimes scenes now open

PIKE COUNTY, Ohio -- The four crime scenes in the Pike County massacre are now open almost a month after eight members of the Rhoden family were found shot to death.

The mobile homes and cars on the properties were relocated to preserve the crime scenes , Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. The four plots of land located north of Peebles are now cleared and open, according to WBNS in Columbus .


Three of the crime scenes were home to marijuana "grow operations," but DeWine never confirmed that the killings were drug-related.


DeWine said investigators have collected hundreds of pieces of evidence and interviewed hundreds of people as part of their search for the killer or killers.

DeWine called the family massacre a "pre-planned execution," and said he believed more than one shooter was responsible for the deaths of eight members of the Rhoden family: Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Christopher Rhoden Jr. , 16; Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 20; Dana Rhoden, 37; Gary Rhoden, 38; Hanna Rhoden, 19; Kenneth Rhoden, 44 and Hannah Gilley, 20.


Authorities are still accepting and investigating tips -- DeWine urged anyone with information to call the Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-855-224-6446 or the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 740-947-2111.