911 calls released from Piketon shooting that killed 8

The Ohio Attorney General's office is offering a $25,000 reward for information that could lead to any arrests

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PIKETON, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Attorney General’s office released the 911 calls regarding Friday’s execution-style killings of members of the Rhoden family in Piketon.

The investigation is still in its early stages, and no arrests have been made.

Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader released the names of the eight victims:

  • Hannah Gilley, 20
  • Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40
  • Christopher Rhoden, Jr., 16
  • Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20
  • Dana Rhoden, 37
  • Gary Rhoden, 38
  • Hanna Rhoden, 19
  • Kenneth Rhoden, 44

Work is completed at each of the crime scenes and the bodies have been transferred to the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office. The autopsy process is expected to last through the weekend.

Evidence is being processed at BCI labs.

A family member made the first 911 call just before 8 a.m. on Friday to the Pike County Sheriff, asking for help on Union Hill Road.

Out of breath, the caller says she found two members of the Rhoden family, Chris and Gary, dead. She said the doors were locked when she arrived but when she finally entered the home, she found both men lying on the floor.

About five hours later, the second 911 call came from Left Fork Road. A man said he found Kenneth Rhoden dead.

Investigators stayed on the scene throughout the night looking for leads. Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader says the person or persons responsible for the killings will be caught.

“We’re coming. When this investigation is complete, it’s going to point us in the direction we need to go and we’ll find who did this.”

Chillicothe police made a traffic stop to question someone about the shooting, but didn’t arrest anyone.

A Cincinnati businessman is offering a $25,000 reward for information that could lead to any arrests.

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