PIKE COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A Franklin County SWAT team searched for evidence related to the Rhoden family massacre Saturday morning in Pike County, according to Marc Gofstein, a spokesman for Franklin County Sheriff's Office. This marks a major development in the year-long murder mystery that stands as one of the nation's most prolific unsolved cases.
Authorities are not yet releasing details on the specific location searched.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office spokesman originally told FOX19 NOW and other media outlets authorities conducted a raid for suspects. Instead, authorities were looking for evidence related to the case.
FOX19 NOW confirmed three times with the police spokesman about a SWAT team executing a search for suspects relating to the Rhoden family's slayings, each time he said authorities were looking for people instead of evidence. That ended up being incorrect due to the spokesman having bad information. The spokesman did not take issue with FOX19 NOW's reporting.
No other law enforcement officials have commented on Saturday's SWAT effort.
Franklin County SWAT in cooperation with Pike County law enforcement secured an area in Pike County where evidence was believed to be. Police made no arrests and there were no confrontations. It is unclear if any material related to the murders were collected.
Since Friday, at least three searches were executed by law enforcement:
On Friday and Saturday, several state and county investigators were searching a farm in Adams County, roughly 10 miles away from the Rhoden family massacre scene. It is unclear if the search in Adams County is related. A second search in Peebles was conducted Friday along State Route 41.
Earlier Saturday, several police and government vehicles were seen leaving Flying W Farms in in Piketon on Camp Creek Road. It is unclear if that is the location of the raid.
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.
No suspects have been charged after police have conducted dozens of searches and interview. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has said the year-long murder mystery remains a "hot case" but updates on the case of been scarce.
The Rhoden family killings consisted of four crime scenes in Pike County:
"I don't think there's any doubt…there are people who know things they are simply not telling us," DeWine said in an April press conference. "Anyone who has information and is afraid to give it to us because it might implicate them in some growing of marijuana or some sort of involvement in drugs, we want to assure them our focus is not on that."
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.
FOX19 NOW will update this story as more information becomes available.