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Investigator: No cartel involvement in Rhoden family murders in Pike County, Ohio

October 18, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Investigator: No cartel involvement in Rhoden family murders in Pike County, Ohio

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A law enforcement official investigating the Rhoden family murders, where eight family members were massacred on four separate adjoining properties in Pike County, Ohio back in April, says the killers are likely locals and not members of a Mexican drug cartel.

Six months have passed since police discovered eight members of the Rhoden family including seven adults and a 16-year-old teen brutally murdered, in what is considered the most infamous homicide case in the history of Ohio.

A coroner determined all of the victims except one were shot multiple times, execution-style.

Authorities indicated back in August that they believed there was more than one suspect involved in the murders.

Among the family members killed included Christopher Rhoden, 40. His ex-wife, Dana Rhoden, 37. Their three children, Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20, Hanna, 19, and Christopher Jr., 16, along with his fiancĂ©e Kenneth Rhoden, 44, who is the brother of Christopher Rhoden; and a cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden.

Two young children including an infant were left unharmed.

An illegal marijuana “grow” operation discovered on the Rhoden family farm, coupled with the fact that authorities have previously arrested members of Mexican drug trafficking organizations operating in the area, led federal investigators to believe a drug cartel was involved in the slayings.

However, the sheriff heading the investigation says he no longer believes that assessment.

For the first time, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, who leads the investigation, was asked if he thought a Mexican drug cartel was responsible for the Rhoden family massacre by local ABC affiliate WCPO.

“Absolutely not,” Reader responded. Although the Rhoden family were dealing drugs in the area, he doesn’t believe the murders were drug-related.

“With the nature of the investigation, and what’s been revealed while conducting the investigation, there would be no indication to me as to any type Mexican drug cartel being involved.”

When asked if the killers were local, Reader responded, “Absolutely, that’s my belief.”

Leonard Manley, the father of Dana Rhoden, agreed with Reader’s assessment.

“Whoever did this had to know the dog and where the security system was,” Manley said. Authorities have issued a $10,000 reward for any information leading to a break in this case.

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