A source in the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will not confirm that an investigation going on in Adams County is in any way related to the Rhoden family murders.
“I can’t comment on what the investigation is related to or if it is related to the Rhoden investigation,” Dan Tierney told the Daily Times.
WKRC in Cincinnati carried a story that said “law enforcement officers are searching a farm in Adams County for evidence in the Pike County massacre. That farm is off of SR 32 near Peebles.”
“I did not confirm that for Local 12 (WKRC),” Tierney said. “So I don’t know where they’re sourcing it.”
Tierney gave the Times a brief statement.
“I can confirm we’re doing a search operation in the Adams/Pike County area, It is a joint investigation between BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation), the Adams County Sheriff, the Pike County Sheriff, and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s STARR Team.”
Tierney said he cannot comment on the location or what stage the search operation is in.
“The search operation began earlier in the day (Friday), but beyond that, I can’t really comment on the nature of it, or if it’s related to the Rhoden investigation.”
The first seven bodies were discovered on the morning of April 22, 2016 in three houses on Union Hill Road in Pike County. The Daily Times was informed of the discovery because the original 911 call came to Scioto County, specifically to the Portsmouth Police Department. That call was transferred to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, and once it was determined that the crime scene was in Pike County, it was transferred again.
The status remained the same for several hours, then DeWine’s office informed the Daily Times that an eighth body was located on Left Fork Road in the same vicinity of Ohio 772.
The Times talked with Adams County Sheriff Kim Rogers Friday afternoon who would only confirm his deputies were still at the scene, but referred all questions to DeWine’s Office.
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