Harrowing 911 calls detail the blood-soaked horror in which eight members of the Rhoden family — including a teen — were found slaughtered execution-style in their Ohio homes.
“I think my brother-in-law is dead. There’s blood all over the house. My brother-in-law is in the bedroom, and it looks like someone has beat the hell out of him,” a hysterical family member told Piketon police at 7:50 a.m. Friday.
“I think they are both dead,” she said, breathing heavily.
The relative found Chris and Gary Rhoden both shot in the head at 4077 Union Hill Road in rural Peebles.
Police asked if anyone else was in the house with her.
“The doors were locked when I got here, but I have a key. And I went in, and they were laying on the floor,” she said.
“Don’t let anyone go in there,” the operator told the sobbing woman, who was not identified.
The caller’s father, Leonard Manley, said she discovered the scene after stopping by to feed the dogs and chickens, the Chillicothe Gazette reported.
Another distraught call was made at 1:30 p.m.
“I need a deputy to come out to [sic] close to 799 Left Fork.
It’s all that stuff that’s on the news. I just found my cousin with a gunshot wound,” the caller said of Kenneth Rhoden.
When asked if Kenneth was still alive, he responded “No, no.”
The second caller, who also was not identified, assumed everything was fine when he entered his cousin’s place.
“I just went in hollering at him, and checked if he was all right, and I looked up at him and he had a gunshot wound,” he said.
The calls were released by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Saturday morning.
Other members of the Rhoden family killed in the murder spree include Dana Rhoden, her ex-husband Christopher Rhoden, and their children Hanna and Frankie. Also killed was Frankie’s fiancée Hannah Hazel Gilley, and 16-year-old Chris Rhoden.
Media reports did not make clear Chris’ place in the family.
Three children, ages 4 days to 3 years, survived the massacre, said Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.
“It’s heartbreaking,” DeWine said. “The one mom was killed in her bed with the 4-day-old right there.”
Many of the victims were likely in bed asleep in the four separate homes when the targeted slayings took place, authorities said.
The crime scenes were within walking distance of each other in the Appalachian region, about 80 miles east of Cincinnati.
Investigators say they don’t know how many people carried out the executions.
“There may be one, there may be two, there may be three. We just don’t know,” DeWine said.
Authorities have yet to make any arrests. They also don’t know the motive for the killings.
The devastated Rhoden family released a statement Saturday thanking police, and asked people to “keep them in your prayers.”