Family hoping reward leads to tips in Pike Co. murders


PIKE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN/CNN) — Nearly three months since the Rhoden family was shot execution style in Pike County, investigators have received more than 300 tips, but none of them leading to an arrest.

A billboard is displayed along a highway urging people with information to come forward, but family members of the Rhoden family said they are frustrated that Ohio Crime Stoppers organizations weren’t offering a reward. According to Crime Stoppers officials, the organization approved a $5,000 reward just a few days after the killings. Officials said they left a message with detectives about it; however, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office said they haven’t heard anything about the reward until now.

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Eight members of the Rhoden family were shot to death in their homes in April. Shortly after their bodies were discovered, investigators found marijuana grow operations at three of the four crime scenes.

A family member who didn’t want to be identified said she hopes the reward will help encourage people with information to come forward.

“There’s still fear because we don’t know who, we don’t know why.” she said. “They killed once. What’s to say they’re not going to do it again? These people have to be stopped.”

So far, no one has been arrested for the crimes.

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