Trailer Seized In Search For Pike County Killer, Victim's Brother Charged With Tampering

May 16, 2017

Authorities investigating the slayings of eight family members in southern Ohio have taken a trailer linked to the family of one victim's ex-boyfriend.

The trailer was taken from one of multiple sites that authorities searched late last week. Bernie Brown owns property in Peebles where the trailer had been stored and says its owners needed a place to keep household items for a bit after recently selling their Adams County farm.

The Pike County sheriff and the Ohio attorney general's office won't discuss details of the investigation, including any searches.

But on Tuesday afternoon, attorney general Mike DeWine announced that the brother of one of the victims is being with tampering with evidence and vandalism, accusing him of destroying a GPS device.

Authorities say 40-year-old James Manley of Peebles, the brother of Dana Rhoden, destroyed the device being used in the investigation of the slayings. 

Manley's phone is disconnected, and online court records don't list an attorney. Manley's father, Leonard Manley, told the Cincinnati Enquirer his son would turn himself in. 

No arrests have been made in the April 2016 slayings of seven adults and one teenage boy from the Rhoden family. They were found shot at four homes near Piketon, about 70 miles south of Columbus.