VIDEO-Marijuana grow operations found at three crime scenes in Ohio family slayings | WSYX


The mass murder that left eight members of the same family dead, unveiled marijuana grow operations at three crime scenes, according to the Ohio Attorney General.

Those were Mike DeWine's final words at a press conference for an update on the investigation of the "execution-style" deaths within the Rhoden family in Pike County, about 70 miles south of Columbus, on Friday.

The victims, ages ranging from 16 to 44, were identified on Saturday.

Joined by Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, DeWine said currently 18 pieces of evidence were being processed at the Bureau of Criminal Investigation crime labs for DNA evidence.

Thus far in the investigation, more than 50 interviews have been conducted with authorities receiving more than 100 tips to find the suspected killer(s).

DeWine added more than 100 people are part of the ongoing investigation, including 38 members of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction who are gathering evidence at the crime scenes and in the neighboring wooded areas.

As for the deceased, seven of the eight autopsies have been completed with the final one scheduled for Monday.

Most of the questions fielded by DeWine and Reader were deflected with "no comment" as the Attorney General said he's updated the media on what investigators have done, but won't reveal all they know.

That approach, he said, is in large part because of how the eight murders were carried out as a "pre-planned execution of eight people."

Reader reiterated to the public that he doesn't feel it's a larger issue of public safety since one family was targeted, but added if anyone were to feel unsafe, they should "arm themselves."

Surviving members of the Rhoden family have taken refuge at their church, where services have centered around the tragic loss and memorials have popped up there and around the community.

There's currently a $25,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

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