Coroner: Most slain Pike Co. family members shot at least 3 times

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CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT/WDTN) – The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office says all but one of eight people found dead in Pike County last week were shot more than once.

“Sixty-one additional items of evidence have been sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) crime laboratory for DNA, ballistics, latent print, and trace analysis,” according to a press release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office.

Our sister station WLWT, is reporting preliminary findings released Tuesday afternoon, the coroner’s office said, “All sustained fatal gunshot wounds (GSW) to the body including head, torso and extremities. There was one victim with a single (Gun Shot Wounds), one victim with 2 GSWs, two victims each with 3 GSWs, one victim with 4 GSWs, two victims each with 5 GSWs and one victim with 9 GSWs.”

Some victims “did show signs of soft tissue bruising,” the coroner’s office said.

“Additional search warrants were served yesterday in connection with the investigation, however the number of search warrants and locations are not being released at this time,” according to the release.

The victims were previously identified as 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his ex-wife, Dana Rhoden; their three children, 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr., 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden and 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden; Christopher Rhoden Sr.’s brother, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; their cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden; and 20-year-old Hannah Gilley.

The findings did not connect the names of the victims with the number of gunshot wounds.

All eight of the victims’ bodies should be released to the Pike County Coroner’s Office from the Hamilton County coroner on Tuesday.

Three different funeral homes will be handling the services. Davis Funeral Home in West Portsmouth will handle six of them. Botkins in Piketon and Crocket Reed of South Shore, Ky, will each handle one.

Funeral arrangements haven’t been released.

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