A gunman may be on the loose in the tiny town of Peebles in Ohio after eight members of the same family were found dead on the morning of April 22. They are members of the Rhoden family.
The victims were killed in what authorities are calling “execution style.” All were shot in the head. Investigators in the area said that they are still searching for the suspect after the gruesome discovery of seven bodies was made.
Just after 12 p.m., Ohio’s Attorney General Mike DeWine said an eighth body had been found in relation to the shootings. The gunman remains at-large.
The town of Peebles, located in Pike County, is 90 miles east of Cincinnati and 85 miles south of Columbus. Ohio’s Governor and GOP presidential candidate John Kasich called the incident “tragic beyond comprehension.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. A Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Spox Said, ‘We’re Sending Everbody’
A spokesperson for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation told WLWT that, “we are sending everybody” to the town of Peebles following the shooting. The station reports that those agents were sent after a request from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office. The crime scene is described as being along Union Hill Road, just east of Peebles.
At a press conference, Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said that the first two bodies were discovered at 4077 Union Hill Road by deputies. Those deputies were flagged down and then sent to 4199 and 3122 Union Hill Road. In total, seven bodies were found between those two homes. The crime scenes were spread across 1.5 miles.
Fox Cincinnati reports that among the agents being sent are officers from the cyber crimes investigation unit.
2. A Mother Was Shot Dead as She Lay in Bed With Her 4-Day-Old Baby
Sheriff Reader told the media that the victims are seven adults and one minor. The minor is a 16-year-old boy.
Chillicothe Gazette reporter Sara Nealeigh tweeted that a source says there was a 6 month old child and 5 day old baby living in a home being investigated by authorities. Sheriff Reader that three children survived the attack, a four day old baby, a 6 month old baby and a 3-year-old child.
The four day old baby’s mother is among the dead, she was shot in bed as the baby lay next to her.
3. Members of the Rhoden Family Have Been Advised to Be on Alert
In his press conference, Sheriff Reader said that Governor John Kasich had been briefed on the shooting. He also advised that all members of the Rhoden family remain on high alert until an arrest is made. Residents of Pike County were also advised to remain vigilant.
Speaking to WCPO, a resident of the area, Goldie Holderbran, said, “The mail carrier told me there’s something seriously bad going on up the road.”
4. Peebles High School Was Placed on Lockdown
Fox Cincinnati reporter Robert Guaderrama tweeted that Peebles High School was locked down as a precaution. Another reporter at the station, Jordan Vilines, said that the school is 25 minutes drive from the scene of the crime. While Peebles Elementary School was also put on lockdown. Those lockdowns were lifted without incident about an hour after they were issued.
5. The Town of Peebles Has a Population of Less Than 2,000