The state of Ohio, will, when all is said and done, pay nearly $30,000 to cover funeral expenses of five of the members of the Rhoden family, murdered execution-style in April in Pike County. The grizzly scene was discovered at three houses on Union Hill Road and another at a house on Left Fork Road.
Jill Del Greco of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said the state has received five claims, has approved four of those claims and one claim is pending.
“There were five victim compensation requests made to our office,” Dan Tierney, of DeWine’s office said. “Four of them have been approved. That is for Hannah Rhoden, Hannah Gilley, Chris Rhoden, Jr. and Clarence ‘Frankie’ Rhoden.”
The breakdown includes $5,843,89 paid to Botkin Funeral Home and $1,483.66 payable to Flowers Monuments, to cover the expenses of Hannah Gilley, the claimant being Andrea Carver; $7,500 for the funeral expenses of Christopher Rhoden, Jr.; $7,500 to cover the funeral expenses of Hanna Rhoden and $7,500 for the funeral expenses of Clarence Rhoden. In the cases of Christopher Rhoden, Jr., Hanna Rhoden and Clarence Rhoden, the claimant is Geneva Rhoden and the checks were made payable to the Roger W. Davis Funeral Home.
Tierney said the one claim that is pending is that of Chris Rhoden, Sr.
In all, eight members of the family were murdered, each shot in the head, some multiple times. The investigative agencies involved were the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, under the guidance of Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader.
Seven bodies were found on Union Hill Road and an eighth on Left Fork Road.
At the time of the discovery of the bodies, both DeWine and Reader made it clear it would be a long investigation. DeWine would later tell the Daily Times he believed multiple people were involved in the killings. The mobile homes where the bodies were found were later moved to a secured location where investigators could continue to go over evidence.
DeWine told the Times considerable manpower was being utilized in the investigation into the murders.
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