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Final autopsy reports out in Pike County killings

Published: Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 1:28 PM
Updated: Friday, September 23, 2016 @ 2:52 PM

Update Sept. 23, 2016:

The final autopsy of the eight Rhoden family members killed execution-style in Pike County, Ohio, April 22, 2016, were released Friday by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The release comes months after numerous requests by Ohio media outlets.

The lengthy reports prepared by the Hamilton County Coroner have much of the autopsy findings redacted from the record, but a final cause of death for each victim is shown, including information on where each victim was shot.

Christopher Rhoden, Jr., 16

Cause of death:

Multiple gunshot wounds to the head

Toxicology results redacted from record.

Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40

Cause of death:

Multiple gunshot wounds to the head, torso and upper extremity.

Toxicology results redacted from record.

Clarence Franklin Rhoden, 20

Cause of death:

Multiple gunshot wounds to the head

Toxicology results redacted from record.

Dana Rhoden, 37

Cause of death:

Multiple gunshot wounds to the head and neck

Toxicology results redacted from record.

Gary Rhoden, 37

Cause of death:

Multiple gunshot wounds to the head

Toxicology results redacted from record.

Hanna Rhoden, 19

Cause of death:

Multiple gunshot wounds to the head

Toxicology results redacted from record.

Kenneth Rhoden, 44

Cause of death:

Single gunshots wound to the head

Toxicology results redacted from record.

Hannah Hazel Gilley, 20

Cause of death:

Multiple gunshot wounds to the head

Toxicology results redacted from record.

The Pike Co. murder case remains unsolved, but last month, we reported on similarities to a killing in Kentucky.

Previous report Aug. 9, 2016:

“It really is like putting together a big, say thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle,” he said. “We’re putting in pieces. A piece here, a piece here, a piece here. At some point it becomes clear. You start seeing a picture and at some point, you figure it out.”

In response to a question on whether the shooters knew the victims, DeWine said certainly those responsible “knew the territory.”

“Someone was involved who knew that area, and probably knew those homes and at least some of the people who were victimized. But beyond that I really can’t say.”

As for the marijuana plants found growing on two properties where bodies were found, DeWine said, “Clearly, this was a serious commercial operation.”, who would not confirm any connections to international drug cartels.

“I don’t want to be in a position where we confirm or deny any kind of theory. I don’t think that would be fair as far as our investigation is concerned and our ability to find out who did this,” he said.

Pastor Fulton said he continues praying for the Lord to “direct the law enforcement.”

“Give them eyes to see, ears to hear, the things that they need to make the arrest of those who committed this tragically evil, grotesque act,” Fulton said.

Fulton said those capable of killing eight people at close range, would likely do it again.

“Because if they’ve done it once, they’re not going to stop. They’ll do it again … They’ve sent a message,” Fulton said. “No doubt that message has went far and wide.”

Fulton said the April deaths are a stark reminder to the dangers of drug dealing.

A $10,000 reward remains for information leading to an arrest.

“We’re in the fourth month now. They’ve confiscated the trailers … surely they could have found something by now,” Fulton said.

Hamilton police investigate shooting death

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

            Hamilton police investigating shooting on Front Street.

Hamilton police are investigating a shooting in the 500 block of Front Street that led to the death of man over the weekend.

Sgt. Brian Robinson said the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning and that the shooting is still under investigation.

“At about 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning, officers heard gunshots in the 500 block of South Front Street. Officers found the victim laying on the steps of 503 S. Front St with gunshot wounds,” Robinson said. “The victim was transported by squad, but died at the hospital.”

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He added that, “HPD detectives are and have been actively investigating the case since the incident’s discovery. Based on the circumstances, investigators feel there are more people who have information on this incident that have not come forward.”

Police are asking for people to contact the detective bureau at 513-868-5811 ext.2002 with any information they may have.

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The name of the victim is not being released at this time, and the coroner’s office is expected to complete an autopsy of the victim today.

Missing Florida teen considered in danger, may be with man she met on Facebook

Published: Monday, June 26, 2017 @ 1:45 AM

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Florida teen who is missing and considered to be in danger.

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Victoria Stites, of Palm Bay, is 19, but her mental capacity is lower than her age, Palm Bay police say. She is possibly traveling to Jamaica, New York, with a man she met on Facebook.

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She was last seen Saturday leaving her Palm Bay home, north of Vero Beach, wearing a green shirt and black jeans, and carrying a purple duffel bag. 

She has blonde/brown hair and brown eyes. She is about 5-foot-7 and weighs 135 to 140 pounds. 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call 1-800-423-TIPS. 

Man who showed up stabbed to Dayton church remains hospitalized

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

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UPDATE @ 9:03 a.m. (June 26):

The 28-year-old man that showed up to St. Mary Catholic Church in Dayton with a stab wound remains at Miami Valley Hospital being treated for his injuries, according to a spokesperson.

A condition for the man was not able to be released.

UPDATE @ 9:45 a.m. (June 25):

Police in Dayton responded to a reported shooting early Sunday morning, but it turns out a Hispanic male suffered a stab wound, not a gunshot, according to Sgt. Matthew Locke.

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of the injury, which was not considered life-threatening, Locke said.

The emergency dispatch center got two calls related to the incident.

The first call came from the St. Mary Catholic Church on Allen Street where the victim showed up and asked for help.

Locke said the second call came from an address on Church Street, and evidence indicates the stabbing happened on Church Street.

The victim went into surgery and police have not had a chance to interview him.


Dayton police are investigating a shooting Sunday morning, according to Montgomery County dispatchers. 

Crews were sent to the reported shooting in the 100 block of Church Street around 7:24 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate investigators are collecting evidence at the address and found blood on a fence in the area. 

Dispatchers said the number of victims and further details are unknown at this time.

Deputies: Naked, bloody man is suspect in Jefferson Twp. hammer attack

Published: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 10:11 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 25, 2017 @ 11:45 PM

UPDATE @ 11:45 p.m.

A man was taken into custody tonight after employees at a wastewater treatment facility in Jefferson Twp. reported a naked, bloody man was trespassing.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded around 7:30 p.m. to Clean Water Ltd., 300 Cherokee Drive, and determined the trespasser was the suspect in an earlier felonious assault in the township. Deputies with the assistance of Trotwood and Dayton police searched the complex and were able to find him. They took the suspect into custody without incident, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies responded around 6:15 p.m. to an assault in the 20 block of South Northampton Avenue after one person hit another in the head with a hammer, the sheriff’s office said.

The suspect -- later identified as the man trespassing at the wastewater treatment  plant -- fled and the victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

The names of the suspect arrested and the victim were not released.

Deputies said the incidents remain under investigation.


One person was taken into custody tonight after a report of a bloody and naked man at a wastewater treatment facility in Jefferson Twp.

The incident was reported around 7:30 p.m. at Clean Water Ltd, 300 Cherokee Drive, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. 

It's not clear why the man was bloody and nude, nor why he showed up at the business. 

Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies took one person from the scene to the county jail. 

We are working to learn more about the incident.