Pike County victim recieved previous threat

PIKETON, Ohio (WDTN) – One of the Rhoden family victims that were killed last week had previously received a threat on Facebook.

Eight members of the Rhoden family were shot execution style Friday in their homes last week. A police report from one of the homes shows there were no signs of forced entry inside.

Authorities have yet to release a motive as they comb through social media and interview members of the extended Rhoden Family.

The investigation includes interviewing more than 100 people in Pike County.

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Investigators have found that the family does not have a criminal history, aside from traffic violations and two had misdemeanor convictions.

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The father of one of the victims believes whoever did this wasn’t a stranger as there were pit bulls on the property and would have attacked an intruder.

“Whoever done it knew the family because the two dogs there would eat you up”

“My only guess, and I would be completely speculating, but they’re not witnesses”

When asked why the young children were spared Sheriff Charles Reader of Pike County is quoted as saying, “My only guess, and I would be completely speculating, but they’re not witnesses”

The neighborhood where the crimes occurred will be sealed off for the time being for what officials say ‘will be a lengthy investigation’.

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