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

Pike County sheriff personally guards family massacre evidence in response to FOX19 NOW investigation

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.

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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