ASSOCIATED PRESS IS REPORTING: A frantic caller who found two of the eight victims of an Ohio family told a 911 dispatcher that “there’s blood all over the house.”
The calls were released a day after eight family members were found dead with gunshots to the head at four properties in rural southern Ohio.
Authorities continued the scramble to determine who killed them and why. Investigators said they interviewed more than 30 people in hopes of finding leads in the deaths of the seven adults and 16-year-old boy whose bodies were found Friday at homes southwest of Piketon.
It appeared some of the family members were killed as they slept, including a mother in bed with her 4-day-old baby nearby, authorities said. The newborn and two other small children were not hurt.
Authorities said all the victims were members of the Rhoden family, but they declined to provide any more information about them or the status of the investigation. None of the deaths appeared self-inflicted and that they believed at least one assailant remained at large, officials said.
Authorities urged surviving members of the Rhoden family to take precautions and offered help, and they recommended that area residents also be wary.
Phil Fulton, the pastor of Union Hill Church up the road from where some of the victims were found, described the family as close-knit and hardworking. He said they were previously part of his congregation, though not recently.
NOTE: At times during the recording there is a TONE blocking the announcement of addresses.
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