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Pleas for information in Pike County murders, new billboard unveiled

Eight members of the Rhode/Gilley families were found murdered at three different homes April 22, 2016 (WSYX/WTTE)

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Rhoden family murders, the Pike County Sheriff and Attorney General are pleading with anyone who may have information to come forward.

On April 22, 2016, eight members of the Rhoden/Gilley families were found murdered in three different homes. Most of the victims were killed "execution-style", shot multiple times in the head. One victim was shot nine times.


The Sheriff's Office has put up a new billboard in Pike County, with pictures of the victims, acting "Do you know who murdered us on April 22, 2016?" They're hoping the plea will convince someone to come forward with information to help solve the case.

The Attorney General says they are still treating it as their top case, and the FBI and DEA are involved in the organization. They're received more than 800 tips, and have done more than 500 interviews, but so far no arrests.

"I think of this every morning," Sheriff Reader said. "And the last thing every night."

Authorities believe people have information, but may be worried about coming forward, or may be worried they'd implicate themselves in another crime by giving information. "We will be fair with people when they come forward. We're focused on murders, not drug activity," Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

DeWine says there were commercial marijuana grow operations at two of the Rhoden family locations, but won't comment on whether other drug operations were found at the scene.

There is a $10,000 reward available in the case through Crime Stoppers, but authorities say they will gladly accept donations from individuals or businesses to help increase that reward.


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