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911 calls recount gruesome discovery of Pike Co. shooting victims

The Ohio Attorney General's Office has released the 911 calls after members of the Rhoden family were found dead after being shot "execution-style."

The Ohio Attorney General's Office has released the 911 calls after members of the Rhoden family were found dead after being shot "execution-style" inside their homes.

Seven adults and one teenager were found dead at four different residences in Pike County Friday. Three children, all under the age of three including a newborn, survived.

The first call came at 7:49 a.m. on April 22 when someone discovered the bodies inside a residence on Union Hill Road:

Caller: I think my brother in law is dead.
911 Dispatch: You’ve got to tell me what’s going on.
Caller: There’s blood all over the house, my brother in law is in his bedroom and it looks like someone has beat the hell out of him. There’s blood all over…
911 Dispatch: Can you tell me what county that’s in?
Caller: Pike County.
911 Dispatch: Did you drive over there?
Caller: Yes I did.
911 Dispatch: What’s your name?
Caller: Mine’s Bobbi.
911 Dispatch: Bobbi, what’s your brother in law’s name?
Caller: Chris Rhoden and Gary Rhoden - they look like they’re dead. 
911 Dispatch: You think they’re both dead?
Caller: I think they’re both dead. Looks like someone has beat the f*** out of them.
911 Dispatch: OK is there anyone else in the house?
Caller: Not that I know of…the door was locked when I got here, but I knew where the key was at, so I went in and they were laying on the floor.

Family members of Pike Co. shooting victims release statement

The second call was received just before 1:30 p.m. when a relative found the eighth body several miles away on Left Fork Road:

Caller: I need a deputy to come out ... It’s all this stuff that’s on the news – I just found my cousin with a gunshot wound.
911 Dispatch: Is he alive?
Caller: No, no. 
911 Dispatch: What’s your name sir?
Caller: Donald Stone. I’m his cousin.
911 Dispatch: What’s his name?
Caller: Kenneth Rhoden. 
911 Dispatch: Are you out of the house?
Caller: I’m out of the house right now, I just went in hollering at him and check if he’s alright and I looked up at him and he had a gunshot wound.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the preliminary investigation reveals that none of the victims killed themselves.

Sheriff Reader said if the shooter or shooters are at large, they should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

The Ohio Attorney General's office says a Cincinnati-area businessman has put up a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the slayings.

Anyone with information on the homicides can call 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 740-947-2111.