By Mark Carpenter – People’s Defender
Tragedy struck the communities of Pike and Adams County on Friday morning with the grisly discovery of eight bodies, all members of the same family, the Rhodens, all murdered execution style on Union Hill Road near the Adams-Pike border.
As of early Saturday morning, there were still no arrest(s) made in the case and no possible motive released.
In two separate press conferences held on Friday, Pike County Sheriff Reader and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine confirmed the eight murders in four different crime scenes, making the investigation more difficult and time-consuming. The two also provided the information that there is the possibility of the suspect still being at large and warned citizens in the area to take the necessary precautions, also adding the possibility of there being more than one shooter.
The Attorney General reported on Friday night that more than 30 people have been questioned by law enforcement, but no arrests have been made.
The Attorney General is requesting that anyone with information regarding the eight individuals found deceased to call 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office
As a precaution, all three schools in the Adams County/ Ohio Valley School District were placed in “lockout” mode for a short time on Friday.
“I was informed of a shooting nearby the school,” ACOVSD Superintendent Richard Seas told the Defender. “Little details were given to school personnel at the time. Thus, a lockout directive was given to each of the three school buildings.”
As of Saturday morning, no positive identification on the deceased has been released, only that there were seven adults and one juvenile killed.
Local news outlets are reporting that another possible update from law enforcement could come at noon on Saturday, but suspected that there will be little new information to report.
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Recordings of 911 calls are released
911 call recorded on April 22, 2016 at 7:49 a.m.
911 call recorded on April 22, 2016 at 1:26 p.m.