PIKETON — Ohio
Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff
Charles Reader have released the following update in the ongoing
investigation into the execution-style killings of eight members of the
Rhoden family in Pike County:
additional items of evidence have been sent to the Bureau of
Criminal Investigation (BCI) crime laboratory for DNA, ballistics,
latent print, and trace analysis. These items are in addition to the 18
high-priority items submitted for testing previously, for a total of 79
pieces of evidence.
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.
Friday, more than 300 tips have been received by both BCI and the Pike
County Sheriff's Office, all of which are being investigated.
Authorities continue to request that those with information call
855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or 740-947-2111.
date, more than 215 law enforcement officials have contributed to the
investigation. From the Attorney General's Office this includes:
special agents, analysts, prosecutors, and laboratory personnel. This
also includes authorities from the Pike County Sheriff's Office, Pike
County Prosecutor's Office, Pike County and Hamilton County coroner's
offices, and additional manpower from 23 sheriff's offices and other law
enforcement agencies, including significant assistance from the Piketon
Police Department. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are also providing limited assistance on an as-needed basis.
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