Pike County murders: What’s really going on?

Published: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 3:02 PM
Updated: Monday, April 17, 2017 @ 4:08 PM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Pike County Sheriff talked to the media Thursday morning and provided an update to the Rogan family deaths from 2016.

The largest criminal investigation in Ohio history has generated 800 tips, half as many police interviews and 38 search warrants. But nearly a year after the mass killings of eight family members in Pike County, no one has been arrested for the murders.

April 22 marks the one-year anniversary of the execution-style shootings, and our news crews have interviewed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, neighbors and friends of the victims. They all say the case has taken a toll on the community and themselves.

» APRIL 23, 2016: After murders, a rural town on edge
» APRIL 29, 2016: 'Cold-blooded calculated massacre': One week later in Pike County
» AUG. 8, 2016: Arrests needed in ‘tragically evil’ Pike Co. shootings, pastor says
» AUG. 24, 2016: Pike County shootings show “similarities” to Kentucky murders

“I think about this every morning, and it’s the last thing I think about every night,” Reader said.

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“I see the look of disappointment when I speak with the family, and I look into their eyes and see the grieving they still have,” he said.

Reader said the anniversary could bring renewed attention to the case, meaning the potential for new tips and information for investigators.

» ABOUT THE VICTIMS: A closer look at the 8 who died

DeWine said that marijuana grow operations found at two of the four crime scenes might have hampered the investigation.

“This is a homicide investigation,” DeWine said. “It’s not that we don’t care what you’ve done with drugs — we care, but our focus is on the homicide, and so people should not be concerned about coming forward and disclosing information that may be helpful in the investigation that also incriminates themselves.”

» DEC. 5, 2016: Pike County killings captured the nation's attention 
» PHOTOS: Scenes from Pike County six months after a massacre 
» APRIL 11, 2017: Ohio covers funeral costs for Pike County murder victims 

A look at the southern Ohio case, by the numbers:

10-12 investigators working on the case in any given week.

800 tips received by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Pike County Sheriff’s Office.

400 interviews conducted by investigators, including multiple interviews of some individuals.

38 search warrants have been executed. 

4 different homes were crime scenes at which eight Rhoden family members were found shot to death, including wives, husbands, sons, daughters and fiancees.

3 children were spared by the killer or killers, one 3 years old, and two infants, one 6 months and a 4-day-old baby snuggled in bed next to a mother shot execution style.

3 marijuana grow sites were found at the homes of Kenneth Rhoden and Chris Rhoden Sr., both of whom were killed.

$10,000 reward is available and officials want to increase the amount, saying anyone interested in donating may call 1-855-BCI-OHIO.