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Tue Oct 18, 2016, 01:38 PM

Ohio sheriff says family massacre not linked to drug cartel: report

Source: Reuters

U.S. | Tue Oct 18, 2016 | 2:12pm EDT

Ohio sheriff says family massacre not linked to drug cartel: report

Officials investigating the execution-style killings of eight family members in rural Ohio six months ago have ruled out the involvement of a Mexican drug cartel and now believe whoever committed the crimes was likely from the area, local media reported.

Eight members of the Rhoden family, ranging in age from 16 to 44, were shot to death in the Appalachian foothills on April 22. Local media previously quoted unidentified law enforcement officials saying a Mexican drug cartel could have been involved after marijuana cultivation sites were found at one of the crime scenes.

"Absolutely not," Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader told a local TV station on Monday when asked if he believed Mexican cartels were involved in the murders.

"With the nature of the investigation and the things that have been revealed when conducting the investigation there would be no indication to me as to any type of Mexican drug cartel being involved," he said in an interview with ABC affiliate WCPO Cincinnati.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ohio-shooting-idUSKCN12I2CS

From April 22 in LBN: Multiple people dead in Pike County (Ohio)

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