Hamilton County Coroner: Most victims shot multiple times
By: Kes Paris, Xiro Xone News April 26, 2016 Updated: 1:41 PM
Hamilton County Coroner’s report released Tuesday showed new details of vicious violence in the shooting deaths of eight members of a rural southern Ohio family, finding most victims were shot three to nine times each and some of them were bruised.
The coroner's release confirmed all victims died via gunshot wounds.
One victim suffered a single gunshot wound, one victim suffered two gunshot wounds, two victims each had three gunshot wounds, another victim had four gunshot wounds, two victims each had five gunshot wounds and one victim had nine gunshot wounds.
The coroner also said some of the victims suffered soft tissue bruising.
The hunt for whoever is responsible continued to expand, with more than 200 law enforcement officials involved.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who is heading up the investigation, couldn't say with certainty whether that may have been a factor in the murders.
"We have no idea. I mean you know we're running those leads out, there's many different theories," DeWine said.
DeWine said Tuesday that investigators have received more than 300 tips and are continuing to serve search warrants in an effort to identify the killer or killers.
He said 79 pieces of evidence have been sent to a state crime lab for testing and analysis.
Seven of the eight victims in Friday’s shooting spree were found in three homes along the same road in Peebles, a small village about 70 miles east of Cincinnati.
While authorities have not released any details about a motive, the attorney general’s office did confirm Monday that one of the victims had received a threat via Facebook. Authorities didn’t elaborate.
The eighth victim was found in nearby Piketon. Some of the victims appeared to have been killed in their sleep, officials said.
The victims were: Dana Rhoden, 37; her former husband, Christopher Rhoden Sr., 41; their daughter, Hanna, 19; son Christopher, 16; and son Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 20.
Also killed were Christopher Sr.'s brother, Kenneth, 44; their cousin, Gary, 38; and Hanna Gilley, 20, who was in a relationship with Clarence Rhoden.
Hanna Rhoden had a 4-day daughter in her arms when she was killed. The child was unhurt. A 6-month-old boy and a 3-year-old boy also were unharmed.