Calgary Herald

FAMILY’S MURDER MYSTIFIES INVESTIGAT­ORS

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COLUMBUS, OHIO Investigat­ors finished collecting evidence at four homes in rural southern Ohio where eight family members were fatally shot as a search for the killer or killers continued Sunday.

The crime scenes remain under law enforcemen­t custody, a spokeswoma­n with the attorney general’s office said Sunday, and no one else has access to the three properties where seven adults and a teenage boy were found fatally shot Friday near Piketon, about 100 kilometres south of Columbus. Investigat­ors were still trying Sunday to find out who targeted the tight-knit family.

It appeared some of the family members were killed as they slept, including Hanna Rhoden, who was in bed with her newborn baby nearby, authoritie­s said. The baby was four or five days old, authoritie­s said. The newborn, Hannah Gilley’s six-month-old baby, and one other small child were not hurt.

Two of the crime scenes are within walking distance of each other along a sparsely populated, winding road that leads into wooded hills from a rural highway.

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