Ohio Officials Still Baffled After Piketon Slayings; Speculate Possible Drug or Cockfighting Connections

By Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
Andrew Simontacchi
April 26, 2016 Updated: April 26, 2016

“We don’t know what’s relevant,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine told reporters on April 25.

The lead investigator on the case, DeWine, says the case is being put together “one piece at a time,” but says a motive still isn’t clear. No one has been arrested so far.

At the four crime scenes, police uncovered several marijuana growing operations and are unsure if they’re in connection with the slayings; also, evidence of cockfighting, single roosters kept in cages, were also located.

“This isn’t a plant in the window or six or seven plants out in the backyard in a garden or something. They were doing this to sell,” DeWine said during an interview with WLW Radio.

The April 22 execution-style shootings left 7 adults and a 16-year-old dead, all of the Rhoden family; Christopher Jr. and Christopher Sr., Hannah-Gilley, Clarence, Dana, Gary, Hanna and Kenneth.

In one of the four homes where victims were shot, three children—3-years-old, 6-months-old, and 4-days-old—were found safe.

Local media citing officials say investigators have sent nearly 20 pieces of evidence back to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and served five search warrants.

Union Hill Road, the street where of four gruesome crime scenes, remains closed by authorities; a small memorial can be seen at the street’s corner.