Sheriff: Family of Pike County murder victims remain in danger

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PIKETON, Ohio– The three young survivors of the Pike County murders remain in danger, Sheriff Charles Reader said during a hearing on Thursday.

Eight members of the Rhoden family, including a 16-year-old boy, were found dead on April 22 at four homes near Piketon. Three children survived and no arrests have been made in the execution-style killings.

Reader told a judge he fears getting a phone call that more members of the family have been murdered, the Columbus Dispatch reported. His testimony was on whether custody proceedings for two of the children, ages 9 months and 3 months, should be made public.

“I believe if the information about the minor children is released, it would put the minor children or their caregivers in grave danger,” Reader said, according to the Dispatch. “I do not want to ever find victims 9, 10 and 11 and have them be those three minor children.”

The sheriff also said authorities are searching for more than one shooter.

Anyone with information on the Pike County murders is asked to call the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 855-BCI-OHIO. Reward money is available for information leading to an arrest and successful prosecution.

Continuing coverage of the Pike County murders here