New details released in Pike County murder investigation as memorial fund announced

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PIKE COUNTY, Ohio — Authorities released some new information Monday afternoon as they continue to investigate the murders of 8 people in Pike County, Ohio.

According to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, all 8 autopsies have been completed.  They continue to search for the killer or killers responsible for the horrific crimes.

Authorities say the victims, aged 16 to 44, were methodically shot in the head while sleeping at four residences, including a mother with a 4-day-old infant lying beside her, authorities said. The newborn, along with a 6-month-old and a 3-year-old, survived. The official said the killings happened before dawn.

The victims were identified as Hannah Gilley, 20; Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Dana Rhoden, 37; Gary Rhoden, 38; Hanna Rhoden, 19; and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.

The sheriff, along with the Ohio attorney general, released the following chart to give everyone an idea of how the victims were related to one another:

Courtesy: Pike County sheriff; Ohio attorney general

A memorial fund has been established to benefit the family at Fifth Third Bank.  Donations to the Rhoden Memorial Fund can be made at any Fifth Third Bank.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 740-947-2111.

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