PIKETON, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s attorney general is calling the slayings of eight people from one family in a rural part of the state a “cold-blooded, calculated massacre.”
Mike DeWine and other officials visited the four crime scenes again Wednesday. Seven adults and a 16-year-old boy were found dead Friday at four properties in the hills near Piketon. Investigators have interviewed more than 50 people but haven’t made arrests or confirmed a motive for the slayings.
DeWine says authorities don’t want to reveal information or theories that could inform the killer or killers.
A coroner says seven of the victims were shot multiple times, and one had nine gunshot wounds. Some victims also had bruising.
DeWine calls the multiple shootings another indication they were the work of “ruthless” people who planned out the slayings.
The victims are:
40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.
37-year-old Dana Rhoden
16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr.
19-year-old Hanna Rhoden
20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden
Christopher Rhoden Sr.’s brother
44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden
38-year-old Gary Rhoden
20-year-old Hannah Gilley
Three children were unharmed