Investigators search farm near scene of Rhoden family massacre again Saturday

Investigators search farm near Rhoden family massacre scene on Saturday
Published: May. 12, 2017 at 5:41 PM EDT|Updated: May. 13, 2017 at 10:36 AM EDT
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ADAMS COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Several state and county investigators were back on Saturday morning to search a farm in Adams County that is about 10 miles away from the Rhoden family massacre scene.

According to our partners at the Cincinnati Enquirer, the property was once owned in part by Edward "Jake" Wagner, a former boyfriend of Hanna Rhoden, one of the victims.

The farm was sold on March 10, according to real estate listings.

Dozens of agents wearing green uniforms were spotted on the property Friday. Pike County Sheriff vehicles and Ohio Criminal Bureau of Investigation vans were parked along the farm off Highway 32 in Peebles. A second search was conducted along State Route 41 in Peebles.

Agents were standing at the edge of the property and outside a red home.

Authorities have not said what they're searching for, or if it's directly connected to the Rhoden investigation.

Crews from the Pike County Sheriff's Department, the Adams County Sheriff's Department, the Ohio Criminal Bureau of Investigation, and the Ohio Rehabilitation and Corrections Department's STAR teams were on the scene, according to BCI officials.

The farm is located about 10 miles south and west of the crime scenes on Union Hill Road.

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Seven adults and a teenage boy from the Rhoden family were found shot to death at four homes near Piketon, in rural southern Ohio, on April 22, 2016.

In April, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said there has been "significant progress" in the investigation but authorities have made no arrests, making the Pike County, Ohio murders one of the prolific unsolved murders in the nation.

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The victims in the case are: Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40, Clarence Rhoden, 20, Dana Rhoden, 37, Gary Rhoden, 38, Hanna Rhoden, 19, Hannah Gilley, 20, Kenneth Rhoden, 44.

Authorities suspect there were multiple attackers who were familiar with the victims' homes and the surrounding area. The motive remains a mystery.

Stay with FOX19 NOW for more on this developing story.

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