Two years later, Pike County massacre remains unsolved

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Sunday marks two years since eight members of the Rhoden family were shot and killed in Pike County. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been named in the killings.

The murders seem to have been carried out overnight in late April 2016. Christopher Rhoden Sr., Dana Rhoden, Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, Christopher Rhoden Jr., Hanna Rhoden, Hannah Gilley, Gary Rhoden and Kenneth Rhoden were all found dead the morning of April 22, 2016. The Pike County Sheriff’s Office said three young children, including a baby, were discovered unharmed.

The investigation remains focused on a family of four that left Ohio and went to Alaska. The family members were long-time friends with the Rhodens. They have never been named as suspects and their attorney says they aren’t involved.

Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk told the Cincinnati Enquirer that two agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and a member of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office work full-time on the case.

“One of these days, if and when somebody is charged, there’s a lot of things that would be public that can’t be made public now,” Junk said. “There are some things that could clear this up for you in about two seconds, but I can’t really say anything because the investigation is still going on.”

Last Tuesday, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader declined to comment on the investigation, issuing a statement that read:

“I have decided that out of respect for the victims, the family, friends, and for the integrity of the ongoing and active criminal investigation, I will not be doing any interviews or taking any questions concerning the multiple homicide that occurred in Pike County, Ohio on April 22, 2016. I remain very confident in the investigative staff.”

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