New Mexico arrests not connected to Pike County killings


(WDTN) – Authorities in Ohio say there is no connection between two men arrested Friday in New Mexico for gunning down a police officer and the slayings of eight Pike County residents more than three months ago.

In a joint statement from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader released today said ” While we normally do not comment on investigatory leads in the Rhoden murder case, at this time we have no evidence there is a link between Jesse Hanes and James Nelson in the Rhoden murders”

Their statement was issued after a New Mexico television news report claimed the men were linked to the unsolved Pike County slayings.

Eight members of the Rhoden Family were found shot to death inside four homes April 22 in the rural town of Piketon.

This is still an on-going, active investigation and there have been no arrests.

Authorities are still asking anyone who may have a tip to call 1-800 BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff at 740-947-2111.

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