Report: Sheriff believes killers of Ohio family were local

(Pike County Victims)
(Pike County Victims)

WAVERLY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio sheriff says he believes whoever killed eight family members in April were from the area and not out-of-towners.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader made his comments to WCPO-TV in Cincinnati for a story Monday.

Seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family were found shot to death at four homes near Piketon on April 22.

All but one victim was shot multiple times in the head. Some victims also showed signs of bruising.

The discovery that three of the crime scenes had marijuana growing operations has fueled rumors the slayings were drug-related.

A message was left with Reader seeking comment. Attorney General Mike DeWine has said previously the killers had to be familiar with land around the properties as well as the properties themselves. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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