As the one-year anniversary approaches on April 22, 2017, of the yet-unsolved murders of eight members of the Rhoden family of Pike County, Ohio, state and local law enforcement officials held a press conference to provide updates to the ongoing investigation.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, whose offices lead the investigation into the shooting deaths of seven Rhoden family members and Hannah Gilley, fiancee of slain family member, Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, who were each found dead the morning of April 22, 2016, held a press conference on April 13, 2017, to update the public on what that investigation has yielded to date.
The more than 45-minute long press conference was short on substance and long on law enforcement patting themselves on the back for what they feel are their extensive efforts in this case, to determine who the perpetrator or perpetrators of the family massacre were and to bring them to justice.
DeWine repeated his office’s commitment to staying in Pike County until a resolution occurs and cited these figures as proof of law enforcement’s continuing investigative efforts:
- 883 tips have been received
- 465 interviews conducted, not meaning that number of people have been interviewed, but some people interviewed multiple times
- 38 search warrants have been sought and executed
- 60 cyber extractions from devices such as cell phones, dvrs and more
Sheriff Reader has had billboards erected in Pike County with photos of the eight victims as a reminder to all not only of their deaths but the continued need of law enforcement for anyone with information related to the murders to come forward. Phone numbers are provided for anyone with information and a $10,000 reward remains in effect.
Reader offered his thanks not only to all levels of law enforcement who have or are yet aiding in the Rhoden investigation, but also EMS and firefighters who have helped when needed and the community and its churches who continue to lend their support to law enforcement officials, family members of the slain individuals and the community in general.
The restatement of the involved law enforcement individuals and their offices to their commitment to solve the Rhoden family murders is heartening, it falls far short of what the surviving family members, Pike County residents and the general public want to hear, which is the identification and arrest of the person or persons responsible for the crimes.
One issue that law enforcement agreed upon was that their ability to solve the murders is in the hands of those who have information about the family, about the crimes themselves or the individuals involved who have not yet come forward to divulge what they know.
Anyone who may have information that could assist law enforcement in the investigation of the violent and untimely deaths of the Rhoden family members is urged to call either the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 1-855-BCI-OHIO (1-855-224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff’s office at 740-947-2111.
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