Pike County homes being relocated to preserve crime scenes


The Ohio Attorney General’s Office along with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office announced that the homes where eight family members were murdered are being relocated to preserve the crime scenes.

"Every day we wake up and we're focused on finding out who did this," Attorney General Mike DeWine said. "And it's not just finding out who did it we want to be able to have a case that we can prosecute in court."

The move, which began Thursday afternoon, was authorized by the courts.

According to DeWine’s office, the decision to move the homes where members of the Rhoden family were murdered was done to maintain the condition in which they were found.

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Moving the crime scenes is expected to take several days. Three of the four mobile homes have already been taken to a temporary BCI command center that’s been set up in Waverly.

DeWine said the fourth home is the largest and will be the most tedious and time consuming. A spokesperson for Dewine said the fourth home is where Dana Rhoden lived.

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Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader issued a statment saying:

"In a time where the unthinkable happened in such a horrific crime of the murder of 8 people that are connected to the same family, not only in the state of Ohio but in Pike County. We, the investigative team from the Pike County Sheriff's Office and Ohio BCI are setting a standard of this type of investigation because it just hasn't been done anywhere. There is no book of standard procedures on a crime nor crime scenes of this magnitude so we collectively are doing "everything" so that no stone is unturned. In this particular case, the crime scenes were all capable of being mobile. I felt very strongly about scene protection and preservation in this case. So, the scenes in there entirety are now in our possession where they will most certainly be protected and preserved."

Anyone with information and/or video that could assist with the ongoing investigation is asked to contact investigators at 855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or 740-947-2111.

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