Similarities between Pike County massacre and Cincinnati-area double murder

FILE - Four months after eight members of one family were murdered execution-style in Pike County, authorities continue to search for suspects and clues. (WSYX/WTTE)

Four months after eight members of one family were murdered execution-style in Pike County, authorities continue to search for suspects and clues.

"I am not ready to come as far as announcing arrests. We are making progress. I think we are coming along," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Dana Manley Rhoden, 37; her ex-husband, Christopher Rhoden SR., 40; their three children, Hannah Rhoden, 19; and Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 20; Frankie Rhoden's fiancée, Hannah Gilley, 20; Rhoden Sr.'s brother, Kenneth Rhoden,44, and cousin Gary Rhoden were all discovered murdered in four different homes on April 22.

Three children, all under the age of three, including a four-day- old baby were left unharmed.

While authorities are now searching for more than one killer, DeWine says they still do not know how many suspects are out there.

"Could be two, or three, [or] more than that," he said.

Officials say the majority of the victims were murdered while sleeping in their beds. Hannah Gilley, was found just inches from her newborn. The killers are believed to have been familiar with the crime scenes.

"It's pretty clear that somebody knew their way around, and knew the homes and were familiar with the homes," said DeWine.

As Bureau of Criminal Investigation teams track clues in the Pike County murders, police in Kentucky are searching for killers in a similar crime in Kenton County, 100 miles from Pike County.

Kenton County authorities say a well-known drug dealer and his girlfriend were discovered shot to death execution-style in their bed, two weeks before the Rhoden massacre; the couples' children were left unharmed by the killers, who police say was familiar with the family home.

"There were similarities between both," said Rob Sanders, Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney. "I think the situations are related to drug dealing, not how the victims were killed."

"I am sure our investigators have looked at that case," said DeWine, "I have not looked at it and I am not going to comment further on it."

DeWine declined to say if an illegal marijuana operation found on the property of one of the Rhoden victims is the reason for the murders, but did say it is a piece of the puzzle in solving the slayings. DeWine also is not saying if a Mexican drug cartel is involved.

"I am not going to comment about suspects or theories," he said.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off

Trending