DeWine, Sheriff visit Pike County crime scenes: ‘This is a cold-blooded massacre’

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PIKE COUNTY  - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader gave another update about the homicide investigation in Pike County on Wednesday afternoon.

They both reiterated that the investigation will be lengthy and thorough.

Sheriff Reader and DeWine went inside all four crime scenes today. DeWine said that he wanted to be more familiar with the scenes so he has more understanding as more evidence continues to come in.

"You have 8 bodies, you have 8 times the possibilities and scenarios," DeWine added.

DeWine said that he and Sheriff Reader wanted to address some of the comments and rumors that have been going around.

"I also want to caution you, that any information in this investigation, unless it comes from the Attorney General’s office or myself, it should not be taken as verified," Sheriff Reader said.

As questions came in about the whereabouts of a suspect or suspects, DeWine said there are no boundaries to where the people could be from or currently located.

One question was asked about whether or not this shooting can be compared to other mass shootings, DeWine was hesitant to compare them. He said that most mass shootings are in public or have witnesses, often leading to a quicker arrest.

"This is an old-fashioned, cold-blooded massacre of 8 human beings," DeWine added.

Eight members of the Rhoden family were killed inside their 4 homes last week. On Tuesday, the coroner revealed that seven of the victims were shot multiple times. One of the victims had nine gunshot wounds.

So far, investigators have interviewed more than 50 people related to the case, but no arrests have been made.

On Sunday, authorities revealed that several marijuana plants were found at 3 of the crime scenes. They would not confirm if they believed the marijuana was related to the killings.

Three children survived the ordeal, a 3-year-old, a 6-month-old and a 4-day-old, who was found next to her mother in bed.

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DeWine: We will follow this investigation wherever the facts take us

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Sheriff: I’m not going to release any information on the children, they’re doing well…

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DeWine: FBI and DEA have been at the crime scenes

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DeWine: There are no boundaries (location wise) about where the suspect/suspects are from

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DeWine: Cannot compare this shooting to other ‘mass shootings’ in theaters and schools because those are often public/for attention…this was a planned out murder

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DeWine: This is an old-fashioned, cold-blooded massacre of 8 human beings

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Sheriff: I assure you, we have more man power in this county than we ever have before

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DeWine: All scenes have been protected since this happened

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DeWine: We are not assuming it’s one person….could be 1, 2, 3, 4…we don’t know the numbers

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DeWine: We’re not closing any door or making any assumption about where they’re from (the suspect)

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DeWine is now answering questions

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Sheriff: We’re working around the clock, other than the short amount of time we take to rest

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Sheriff: When we’re done, I don’t just want an arrest, I want it ready for prosecution

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Sheriff: I would urge you to let us do our job and let the tips come in

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Sheriff: I also want to caution you, that any information in this investigation…unless it comes from the AG’s office or myself it should not be taken as verified

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Sheriff: I have now assigned members of my staff to the investigation until it’s completed 

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DeWine: We believe the people who did this are watching the news reports

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DeWine: When I look at this case…we have no intention, absolutely no intention to do anything that could jeopardize this case

Kaily Cunningham April 27, 20163:13 pm

DeWine: I do not intend to shoot down every single rumor

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DeWine: I anticipate a lengthy investigation …it’s going to take awhile. You have 8 bodies, you have 8 times the possibilities and scenarios 

Kaily Cunningham April 27, 20163:12 pm

DeWine: my experience today was no different than going to another murder scene

Kaily Cunningham April 27, 20163:11 pm

DeWine: my prosecutor background made me want to go inside and look at the crime scenes…it makes it easier as facts come in if you know what the scenes look like

Kaily Cunningham April 27, 20163:10 pm

DeWine: 4 crime scenes were visited today

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The Pike County Sheriff and AG Mike DeWine are expected to speak at 3 p.m.