Victim in Ohio Family Massacre Had Dollar Bills Thrown on His Body, Report Says
Victim in Ohio Family Massacre Had Dollar Bills Thrown on His Body, Report Says
But Ohio attorney general said he couldn't confirm the 'rumor'

A victim in the Ohio family massacre last week apparently had dollar bills littering his body below his knees, apparently as a message from the killer, according to a report.

However, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, said that couldn’t confirm the report.

“It does not sound correct to me, it does not sound correct to me, but I’m not going to get into knocking down every rumor because there’s no end to it,” he told 700WLW (via the Chillicothe Gazette).

Car repairman Donald Stone, 44, found the body of his cousin, Kenneth Rhoden lying in bed with a single gunshot wound to his head.

He told MailOnline in an exclusive interview that there were dollar bills strewn about his cousin’s knees and feet. MailOnline noted that it may have been a message from the killer.

Police may be investigating the possibility that the murders were sparked by a drug turf war, according to reports.

“If I had, I would have been victim number nine. I feel lucky about that and to be alive today,” Stone told the paper about if he were to have stayed overnight at his cousin’s home.

He explained the situation before the killings took place:

“Kenneth would normally padlock the camper where he lived from the outside when he left.

“I was supposed to meet him the night before and go to work on some cars with him in the morning.

“When I didn’t hear from him I went to the camper and it was unlocked and his truck was outside and I felt there must have been something wrong.

“It was the afternoon and he would normally be out working on cars at 5.30 am.”

He then detailed the crime scene:

“There was blood everywhere man. It was something no human should see.

“A man who was good a man lying there like that, shot dead by cowards. It makes me feel ill when I think about what I saw.

“Kenneth loved me like a brother. He was always looking out for me and would take me out for food just for my company and he would give me a few dollars here and there.

“I was going to work with him repairing cars and we had been to a couple of auctions together earlier this month.”

On Monday, DeWine said that the family’s homes had a considerable amount of marijuana growing there.

“This is not a plant in a window or six or seven plants in the backyard,” he said. “They were doing this to sell.”

It’s not clear yet if the cannabis operation is tied to the shootings.

Authorities haven’t revealed a possible motive for the massacre.

This aerial photo shows one of the locations being investigated in Pike County, Ohio, as part of an ongoing homicide investigation, on April 22, 2016. Several people were found dead Friday at multiple crime scenes in rural Ohio, and at least most of them were shot to death, authorities said. No arrests had been announced, and it's unclear if the killer or killers are among the dead. (Lisa Marie Miller/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
This aerial photo shows one of the locations being investigated in Pike County, Ohio. (Lisa Marie Miller/The Columbus Dispatch via AP)

Lt. Michael Preston, of the Ross County Sheriff's Department speaks to the media on Union Hill Road that approaches a crime scene, in Pike County, Ohio, on April 22, 2016. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Lt. Michael Preston, of the Ross County Sheriff’s Department speaks to the media on Union Hill Road that approaches a crime scene, in Pike County, Ohio, on April 22, 2016. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

“Pike County is perfect for a grow operation because you have a lot of notice whether someone’s there and not supposed to be there,” DeWine said, per the Daily Beast. “We have come across in the past in Pike County, on a couple different occasions, some sophisticated commercial grow operations. There was one that made the news [in 2010] where we came across an encampment where we had people in tents who were out there tending the marijuana.”

And meanwhile, authorities have kept a tight lid on the investigation.

“The essential fact when you kill eight people in one family at four separate locations, clearly this was planned out, particularly when they are in their bed,” DeWine said this week, reported the Chillicothe Gazette.

DeWine said he believes several suspects were involved. “We are not assuming it is one person,” he added.

DeWine said that he assumed the killer(s) were following news reports flowing from the media and he didn’t want to provide them with any indication about the investigation.

Authorities set up road blocks at the intersection of Union Hill Road and Route 32 at the perimeter of a crime scene, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Pike County, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Authorities set up road blocks at the intersection of Union Hill Road and Route 32 at the perimeter of a crime scene, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Pike County, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

“As much as we would like to share information with you and the public, we have no intention in doing anything that will jeopardize this case,” DeWine said.

He said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office have received hundreds of tips.

“It’s going to take however long it takes,” he added. “We are going to find who did this. There’s no time limit on it. We are going to do this the right way.

During a Wednesday news conference, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said, “It’s absolutely shocking, some of these scenes. It’s not one you can simply go in, process and collect the evidence and call it a day.”

(H/T – IJReview)

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