Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office: Search in Pike Co. connected to Rhoden family murders

PIKETON, OH (WCMH) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office confirms a search in Pike County is related to possible evidence in the murders of the Rhoden family, WLWT reports.

Marc Gofstein, public information officer with the FCSO, told WLWT that Pike County officials had “reasonable suspicion” for a search in the massacre that happened just over a year ago.

The FCSO assisted the Pike County Sheriff’s Office Saturday in serving a warrant at a property on Camp Creek Road in Piketon.

Franklin County SWAT cleared the property and found no suspects, Gofstein said, adding that the FCSO often assists other agencies when asked.

Friday, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation searched a 70-acre farm off of Peterson Road in Adams County, and another search took place at a property on Route 41 Friday evening.

On April 22, 2016, investigators found seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family shot to death at four homes near Piketon, about 70 miles south of Columbus. Three young children were unharmed.

For all of NBC4’s coverage on the Pike County massacre, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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