Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader in Ohio told residents in a press conference that if they’re fearful, they should arm themselves. His statements came in the wake of the shocking mass murder of eight Pike County residents – all members of the same family – who were all shot in the head, execution style.
All eight mass murder victims were identified as being part of the same family, the Rhodens. Their bodies were found at four different scenes. Seven adults and one teen were among the victims. Three young children – including a 4-day-old baby – were found among some of the crime scenes and were still alive.
The story took a turn when it was revealed that throughout the course of the police investigation, there were hundreds of marijuana plants found among the four pieces of property. Some of the plants were indoors. The police have not indicated whether the mass murder had anything to do with marijuana. However, according to WSAZ, “Marijuana seizures are common in Pike County, where authorities said a 2012 seizure could be connected to a Mexican drug cartel.”
The mass murder shocked the rural Pike County community in southern Ohio, leaving residents and law enforcement personnel dumbfounded. Police and local media have warned residents several times that no arrests have been made, and that the murderer is on the loose and should be considered armed and dangerous.
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader advised people that if they’re fearful, they should arm themselves:
“I can tell you if you are fearful, arm yourself. If you feel that you need to protect yourself or family, do so, and contact the local law enforcement to come and respond to it.”