Pike County crimes scenes now open

Posted at 10:55 AM, May 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 11:56:42-04

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.