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DeWine spoke from the investigation command center in Waverly, where evidence will be kept.
On Union Hill Road, where the trailers were being removed, sheriff’s deputies continued to block access and only allowed local residents to travel on the section of the road where the bodies had been found.
Three of the four mobile homes had been secured, DeWine said, and officials will secure the fourth home in the next few days. The move was authorized by a judge, he said.
He could not say when Union Hill might reopen or how long the investigation might take.
“On the second day (of the investigation), I think I said this could very well be a long investigation,” DeWine said. “When you end up finding bodies and you don’t have a witness, the nature of these cases is you are putting a puzzle together.”
“This will not be solved overnight.”
Those killed were: Gary Rhoden, 38; his cousin, Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Christopher’s brother, Kenneth Rhoden, 44; his ex-wife, Dana Rhoden, 37; and their three children: Hanna Rhoden, 19; Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; Hannah Gilley, 20; and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20.
The attorney general was asked if those who killed the Rhodens were likely from out of the area or local.
“I won’t speculate on who did it,” DeWine said.
Anyone with information and/or video that could assist with the ongoing investigation is asked to contact investigators at 855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or 740-947-2111.