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FOX19 NOW investigation revealing lack of Pike Co. evidence security prompts action

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PIKE COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

A FOX19 NOW investigation that revealed a lack of security for evidence in the largest homicide case in Ohio's history is prompting action.

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The Pike County sheriff personally guarded evidence in the Rhoden family massacre overnight.

Sheriff Charles Reader was sitting in a police vehicle outside the warehouse where the family's trailers and other evidence are stored when a FOX19 NOW news crew arrived about 4:30 a.m.

The sheriff tells FOX19 NOW in a text message he arrived and started working to secure the area at and around the warehouse at 3:38 a.m. 

An access road only secured by a thin piece of wire was secured with a large padlock.

The developments come hours after FOX19 NOW Investigative Reporter Jody Barr revealed the evidence has been unguarded since at least Aug. 14.

The sheriff left later Thursday morning.

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