PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – Authorities say eight members of the Rhoden family were killed execution-style in four locations across the county. Now, the manhunt is on for at least one killer and a reward of $25,000 is available for any information leading to an arrest.
Authorities have called all 4 crimes scenes horrific. Now, newly released 911 calls tell that same story–but this time you’ll hear it first-hand from the relative first on the scene.
Caller: There’s blood all over the house.
Caller: My brother-in-law is in the bedroom and it looks like have beat the hell out of him.
The relative on the phone says there’s at least two victims and that both of them don’t appear to be alive.
Caller: There’s blood all over the front room.
Dispatcher: Ma’am, can you tell me what county that’s in? Is it.
Caller: Pike County.
Pike County–a population of less than 30-thousand…and now a community rocked to it’s core after losing eight of their own. Authorities say all eight family members were killed “execution-style” at four different locations–some even shot while they were in bed.
Three children were left unharmed: a 3-year-old, a 6-month-old, and a 4-day-old baby. A second call came as word began to spread about the murders.
Caller: I just went in, uh, hollering at him and then checked if he was alright and I and I looked up at him he had a gun shot wound.
A representative on behalf of the family spoke to reporters Saturday, expressing their thoughts and appreciation.
The Rhoden Family would like to thank everyone for all the ourpouring of prayers and support for their family,” the representative said. “They ask that you continue to keep them in your prayers.”
In meantime, authorities are searching for a murder or murders responsible. So far, Attorney General Mike DeWine says they’ve interviewed at least 30 people but so far no arrests have been made.
The family is pleading for anyone with information to come forward.