The people who killed eight members of the Rhoden family in Piketon last April likely live near the victims, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader told our partners at WCPO.
“That’s my belief,” the sheriff said. Investigators have been unable to find the killers.
Officials have previously speculated that the killers may be part of a Mexican drug cartel. Although Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said someone involved in the shooting knew the territory.
Seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family were found shot to death at four homes near Piketon in southern Ohio on April 22.
As has previously been reported, one victim, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden, died of a single gunshot wound, according to the autopsies released last month. Rhoden’s body was the last found by investigators. The shootings happened at four locations in the rural southern Ohio county.
The other victims were shot multiple times in the head and, in the case of 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr. — Kenneth Rhoden’s brother — in his upper body and torso as well.
The other victims were Christopher Rhoden Sr.’s ex-wife, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; their three children, 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr. and 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden; Frankie Rhoden’s fiancee, 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; and a cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden.