Names of 8 murdered family members released; $25k reward offered for information
UPDATE: Authorities have released the names of all the victims in the southern Ohio murders after notifying family members.
The victims are:
Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40 years old
Dana Rhoden, 37 years old
Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 21 years old
Hanna Rhoden, 19 years old
Christoper Rhoden, Jr., 16 years old
Gary Rhoden, 38 years old
Kenneth Rhoden, 44 years old
Hannah Gilley, 20 years old
Authorities say the bodies have been transferred to the Hamilton County Coroner's Office, where the same pathologist will perform all of the autopsies this weekend. The AG and Pike County Sheriff also say work at each of the crime scenes has been completed.
The family pastor, Phil Fulton, previously told ABC 6/FOX 28 Dana worked at an area nursing home, and he believed she got off work around 11:00 Thursday night. According to their Facebook pages, Frankie, Hanna, and Chris Rhoden Jr. were Dana's children. Frankie had two young children, and was engaged to Hannah Gilley, the mother of his youngest child according to their Facebook accounts.
In a statement ready by a victim's advocacy group, the Rhoden family expressed their thanks to the community "for all the outpouring of prayers and support for the family" and asked that everyone keep them in their prayers. They also thanked law enforcement and first responders for their work.
Cincinnati-area businessman Jeff Ruby is now offering $25,000 for information leading to an arrest, according to Attorney General Mike DeWine.
The Attorney General released a statement Saturday saying no arrests have been made in the case and the investigation is ongoing. Stay with ABC 6/FOX 28 for the latest on this developing story.
PIKE COUNTY, Ohio -- At least eight people from the same family are dead after what authorities described as "execution-style" murders in the Peebles, Ohio area.
Officials say all the victims were members of the Rhoden family. Among the eight dead, one was a teen. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine described it as a "grisly scene," as all the victims were shot in the head. Three of the homes were on the property while another was a few miles away.
DeWine said none of the victims committed suicide.
Some of them were killed in bed, including a mother who was next to her four-day-old baby.
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said the newborn was one of three children who survived, along with a six-month-old and a three-year-old.
DeWine warned other members of the Rhoden family to "be careful and use caution while individuals are still out there," as the suspect(s) remain at-large.
Remaining family members have taken refuge at an area church. Their pastor suggested they be armed if they decided to leave.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, who will lead the investigation, have 30 processing four different crime scenes after Pike County Sheriff's Office requested assistance.
Investigators say they have yet to identify a motive.
Late this Thursday morning, Governor John Kasich tweeted his response to the shooting, saying "Reports were are receiving from Peebles are tragic beyond comprehension. We'll continue to monitor this closely and the state will work with local law enforcement however we can." He signed the tweets "John" indicating the Governor himself wrote the tweets.
The FBI tells ABC 6/FOX 28 they are keeping a close eye on the situation. "We have offered assistance and are monitoring the situation in Pike County," said Todd Lindgren, public information officer for FBI office in Cincinnati.
Our sister station WKRC in Cincinnati reports several people were found shot to death in the area of Union Hill Road in Peebles, which is on the border of Adams and Pike Counties. This is a rural area in southern Ohio.
WKRC reports at least seven family members were found shot to death, and police are still looking for the person responsible.
Peebles High School and Elementary School were on lockdown as authorities search the area.
Western Pike Local Schools were cleared to hold their scheduled afternoon activities as they were on a partial lockdown. They and other districts monitored the situation and await word if the teen killed is one of their students.
The Ohio Attorney General has set up a hotline regarding the homicides. The number is 614-466-3840.
Stay with ABC 6/FOX 28 as we work to get more information on this breaking story.