The unexplained murders of an Ohio family has left residents of a tiny farming village repelled as authorities still attempted to find Saturday any suspects and a ground in a gruesome murders.
The bodies of 7 adults and a teenage child were found Friday in 4 opposite homes circuitously Piketon, about 60 miles south of Columbus.
Kayla Hay worked with one of a victims – 37-year-old Dana Rhoden – as a nurse’s help during a nursing home. Hay pronounced she was repelled and saddened when she listened that Rhoden was among a passed in a murdering spree.
“I’ve never listened her contend anything about being fearful or endangered about anything bad happening,” pronounced Hay, who described Rhoden as effusive and friendly. “She was always in a good mood and was really bright, both in her celebrity and her intelligence.”
All a victims identified Saturday were members of a Rhoden family. The others were identified as 40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his 16-year-old son, Christopher Rhoden Jr.; 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; 38-year-old Gary Rhoden; 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden; 20-year-old Hannah Gilley; and 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden.
Authorities pronounced it seemed a victims were murdered while they slept, including Hanna Rhoden, who was in bed with her baby baby nearby. The tot was about 4-days-old. The infant, Hannah Gilley’s 6-month-old baby, and one other tiny child were not hurt.
Police pronounced nothing of a injuries seemed to be suicide. A hunt for a torpedo or killers continued Saturday, and investigators pronounced they had interviewed some-more than 30 people, including 3 from Chillicothe.
“Investigators from Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and internal law coercion worked by a night, articulate to individuals, entertainment information, and executing hunt warrants,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine pronounced in a news release. “Evidence from a crime scenes is being processed and analyzed by a weekend.”
Robin Waddel, who owns a Big Bear Lake Family Resort only south of Piketon, told a Associated Press Christopher Rhoden mostly did work for him as a carpenter and helped with his mine business. He pronounced Rhoden was a good man whose kids would revisit while he was working.
“It’s a vast family,” Waddell said. “There’s a lot of them and they’ve been in this village for generations. So this is inspiring a lot of people.”
Kendra Jordan, 20, pronounced she mostly worked nights during a nursing home with Hanna Rhoden and described her as outgoing, humorous and always smiling.
“If we were carrying a bad day, she’d be a initial one to come adult to we to doubt we about what was going on,” Jordan said. “She was amazing.”
Pastor Phil Fulton, of a Union Hill Church, described a Rhodens as a close and overworked family. He pronounced they were formerly partial of his congregation, yet not recently. He pronounced a predicament apparatus group was during a church to work with a family.
“They’re not doing good with this conditions during all,” Fulton said. “A comfortless conditions like this …”
Scioto Valley Local School District Superintendent Todd Burkitt told a Chillicothe Gazette Saturday that a county is committed to promulgation support to Piketon High School commencement Monday and will stay as prolonged as students or staff members need it.
“We don’t have all a answers for this,” Burkitt said. “It’s by distant a misfortune partial of a job, when something happens to a kid. None of it creates sense.”
Piketon Jr/Sr High School has about 530 students combined, according to numbers from a Ohio Department of Education.
The Rhoden family expelled a matter by a Ohio Crisis Response Team Saturday, according to Fox 19.
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Lt. Michael Preston, of a Ross County Sheriff’s Department speaks to a media on Union Hill Road that approaches a crime scene, Friday, Apr 22, 2016, in Pike County, Ohio.
“The Rhoden family would like to appreciate everybody for all a escape of prayers and support for their family. They ask to continue to keep them in your prayers,” a matter read. “They would like to appreciate all law coercion from Pike County and surrounding counties for their evident response. Especially, to Pike County Sheriff Charlie Reader for all his tough work. They would like to appreciate a Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, his staff, BCI agents, all EMS services and initial responses.”
The family also urged anyone with information to call 1-855-BCI-OHIO.
The accurate timing of a shootings stays unclear. Authorities got a initial 911 call shortly before 8 a.m. Friday; a second came several hours after from another location.
Two of a crime scenes are within walking stretch of any other along a frugally populated, circuitous highway that leads into wooded hills from a farming highway. The third chateau is some-more than a mile away, and a fourth home is on a opposite road, during slightest a 10-minute expostulate away, pronounced a investigation’s leader, Benjamin Suver of a state Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
Authorities refused to plead many sum of a crime, including a hunt operations.
Officials pronounced a Cincinnati-area businessman put adult a $25,000 prerogative for information heading to a constraint and self-assurance of a torpedo or killers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.