911 Call in Ohio Horror: 'Blood All Over the House'

As businessman offers up $25K to find unknown suspect
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2016 8:07 AM CDT
911 Call in Ohio Horror: 'Blood All Over the House'
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader hesitates briefly before saying that his county is small and he knows the Rhoden family, at a press conference in Piketown, Ohio, on Friday, April 22, 2016.   (Sam Greene/The Cincinnati Equirer via AP)

The 911 calls came Friday, from two of the four Ohio homes where eight members of the Rhoden family lay dead in grisly execution-style murders: "There's blood all over the house! My brother-in-law's in the bedroom. It looks like someone has beat the hell out of him," a woman says in the first, at 7:49am, after she let herself into a locked house, per NBC News. "There's blood all over the covers." Kenneth Rhoden made the second call, around 1:30pm: "It's all that stuff that's on the news. I just found my cousin with a gunshot wound." Asked if the man is alive, Rhoden responds, "No, no."

Police are still scrambling to find a suspect. "There may be one, there may be two, there may be three, we just don't know," says Ohio AG Mike DeWine. "We're very early in this investigation." A local restaurant owner has offered up a $25,000 reward leading to the suspects, notes ABC News. But the community of tiny Peebles is reeling. "It's sad," says the wife of a local pastor. "We know the grandparents ... they're around our age. ... What if that was my family? I don't know how they're handling this." (Read more mass killing stories.)

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