Police have found marijuana growing operations at three of the four sites in an Ohio town where eight members of the same family were shot dead, authorities said Sunday.
Investigators found the drugs while searching for evidence at four homes, where seven adults and a 16-year-old, all members of the Rhoden family, were executed in calculated attacks Friday, said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
He did not say if the pot was connected to the slaughter, which took place in Peebles.
“This was . . . [an] execution of eight individuals. It was a sophisticated operation and those who carried it out were doing everything they could do to hinder the investigation,” DeWine said.
Cops have submitted 18 pieces of evidence to a forensics lab.
A search warrant for a fifth property was also issued, although DeWine would not disclose the location.
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader added that a team of 38 people were scouring the woods around the crime scenes for additional clues.
The victims were all members of the Rhoden family, identified as: Hannah Gilley, 20; Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40; Christopher Rhoden, Jr., 16; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Dana Rhoden, 37; Gary Rhoden, 38; Hanna Rhoden, 19; and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.