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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

All the Important Numbers from the Piketon Massacre in Southern Ohio

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 11:09 AM

click to enlarge One of the Piketon murder sites
  • One of the Piketon murder sites
Ohio investigators are currently poring over evidence and following leads in an attempt to track down the killer or killers responsible for the massacre in Pike County Friday.

The series of execution-style killings wiped out an entire family in a rural community 210 miles south of Cleveland and 60 miles south of Columbus.

The Columbus Dispatch has called the investigation the largest of its kind in the state. Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader has told residents to arm themselves — Piketon is an Appalachian community where most people hunt and own guns — because the killer or killers is still on the loose.

Other than the remaining members of the targeted family, residents aren't thought to be in danger, but disquiet lingers in the aftermath of the bloodshed. 



Here are the numbers that best illustrate the case:

7:49 a.m.: Time of first 911 call on Friday, April 22. Two victims were found dead. Authorities later discovered victims at a home down the street. At 1:26 p.m., authorities received another 911 call. A victim was discovered at his home about 10 minutes away from the first murder sites. 

8: Number of victims in total, all from the Rhoden clan. They were identified by authorities as Christopher Rhoden Sr. (40); his ex-wife Dana Rhoden (37); their three children Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden (20), Hanna Rhoden (19), and Christopher Rhoden Jr. (16); Frankie's fiancee Hannah Gilley (20); Kenneth Rhoden (44), who is Rhoden Sr.'s brother; and Gary Rhoden (38); Rhoden Sr.'s cousin.

4: Number of homes at which the shootings took place. 

3: Number of young children in the homes, who were not shot. One was a four-day-old infant, the daughter of Hanna Rhoden, who was next to her mother when she was shot. A six-month-old boy and his three-year-old brother were also found.

9: Gunshot wounds that one of the victims sustained, according to the coroner's report. Two of the victims had been shot five times. Two were shot three times. Once was shot twice and one was shot once. 

50-60: Number of interviews conducted by investigators as they combed the area for evidence and try to track down leads. Though some outlets have speculated that a family feud or a turf war with a Mexican drug cartel was to blame, Attorney General Mike DeWine would not offer insight on a motive. He did say in a press conference that the Rhoden family was specifically targeted, and that the "cold-blooded" execution-style killings were sophisticated, designed to leave very little evidence behind. 

79: Total pieces of evidence obtained already, 18 of which have been designated "high-priority" and have been submitted for testing. 

3: Number of murder sites at which marijuana-growing operations were found. A cockfighting operation was also found at one of them. 

300: Total number of tips received by the end of the day Tuesday. 

855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446): Number to call if you have a tip. 

$25,000: Reward offered by a Cincinnati-area businessman for details leading to the capture of the killer or killers.

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