Ohio Attorney General: Rhoden crime scene not compromised


Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine defended the way the state is protecting the mobile homes where eight members of the Rhoden family were killed.

A Cincinnati TV station reported that the mobile homes preserved inside a public warehouse are not being guarded, and there is only a thin chain link fence protecting the property.

DeWine called the claim, “ludicrous”

“I don’t know that it’s not secured 24/7. I’m not concerned about this. I think the public should understand that the evidence from that crime scene has been preserved and is being protected,” he said.

The attorney general tells 10TV investigators are working leads, but would not elaborate.

DeWine also had a message for those in the Pike County community who he believes have information about the crimes.

“There are some people who are out there who have not come forward or have not been completely candid with us, my message today to you: it's going to be much better for you if you voluntarily come forward and tell us the truth - and the whole truth - than having to wait for us to go grab you,” he said.

Investigators are operating under the theory that there were multiple attackers in the April 22 slayings.

Autopsy reports released for 8 killed in Pike County slayings

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. The victims were 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his ex-wife, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; their three children, 20-year-old Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr. and 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden; Frankie Rhoden's fiancée, 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; Christopher Rhoden Sr.'s brother, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; and a cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden.


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