LONDON, OH (WCMH) — In just a few days, investigators will have had the massacres in Pike County on their plate for a full three months.
And when those fatal shots rang out, there was plenty left behind for investigators to go through, to test, to look for DNA, to try and piece together what happened, and most importantly who did it.
Despite the fact that no arrests have been made in this highest of profile cases for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, there is no shortage of work happening daily on this case, and that includes testing on some of the items taken from four different crime scenes.
“We are working that case every day, I get daily briefings,” BCI Executive Director Tom Stickrath said.
Stickrath tells NBC4 that they have talented, trained scientists working in the labs, experienced, hard-working cyber and field crews that won’t let up until they get answers and justice for the victims of this case.
“We handle big cases, so we are accustomed to working big cases, and we the ability to surge resources into a county and we see that in Pike County,” Stickrath said.
Teams had multiple teams in place in the hours after learning of the crime, data and evidence collected and taken to lab is secure transports where the testing started quickly in London, Ohio.
These scientists at the BCI lab are used to working cases where DNA can open the door to investigative leads. On a case like this, they certainly feel what is at stake, and how critical some DNA collected could help solve a case with so many questions.
“Oh yeah, you feel it throughout the building. Every case is important, every victim is important, when you have a case like this in Pike County, where you are dealing with four crime scenes, and evidence into the lab, our scientists feel that,” Stickrath said.
The work goes on, and while it might appear there are roadblocks to the general public, based on what has been a bit of a quiet stretch on information, at BCI, it is anything but quiet. They are working hard, with a desire ultimately, to find something that will help get answers for the Rhoden family, and law enforcement in Pike County.
“We solve cases every day through lab work, detectives working, so they get very excited to contribute to that solution, and achieving justice,” Stickrath said.
If you have any information that might help in this still unsolved case, reach out the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, or your local law enforcement agency.