Earlier this week, we reported about how almost an entire family was killed across a small rural area in Ohio leaving only three surviving members. Now, authorities have revealed that marijuana “grow operations” were found at three of the four crime scenes where eight of the family members were killed.
At a press conference on Sunday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released few new details about the investigation. He said,
The deceased were found on four rural Ohio properties, shot to death. Most were apparently sleeping when they were killed. Three young children—including a 4-day-old infant—were also found unharmed at the crime scenes.
“This was a preplanned execution of eight individuals,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “It was a sophisticated operation. And those who carried it out were trying to do everything they could do to hinder the investigation and their prosecution.
Police officials would not speculate on a possible motive for the slayings and did not reveal names of suspect or suspects, but said that they have warned surviving members of the Rhoden family they may also be in danger. “I’ve spoken with family, it’s evident they were the target,” said Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader. “I told them to be armed.”