Autopsy reports released for 8 killed in Pike County slayings

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Investigators have released redacted versions of preliminary and final autopsy reports for the victims in the execution-style killings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader made the announcement on Friday.

The attorney general's office says the redacted documents released by investigators were prepared to balance the current needs of the active investigation with transparency of the law enforcement process.

Copies of the final and preliminary reports are available on the Ohio Attorney General's website.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine previously argued that releasing the final autopsy reports in the unsolved slayings would threaten the investigation.

Seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family were found shot at four homes near Piketon on April 22.

According to the report, all eight victims died from gunshot wounds to the head, torso and extremities. The report revealed the following:

  • Christopher Rhoden Jr. (16): Multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
  • Christopher D. Rhoden Sr. (40): Multiple gunshot wounds to the head, torso and upper extremity.
  • Clarence Frankie Rhoden (20): Multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
  • Dana Rhoden (37): Multiple gunshot wounds to the head and neck.
  • Gary Rhoden (38): Multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
  • Hanna Rhoden (19): Multiple gunshot wounds to the head.
  • Kenneth Rhoden (44): Gunshot wound to the head.
  • Hannah Hazel Gilley (20): Multiple gunshot wounds the head.

All of the victims had white or brown paper bags covering their hands. Toxicology results were grayed out of the report.

Gilley's 6-month old son with Frankie was unharmed. Two other children, a 6-month-old and a 3-year-old, were also unharmed.

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