Authorities say Ohio family massacre was a 'pre-planned execution'

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Authorities Say Ohio Family Massacre Was a 'Pre-Planned Execution'

Authorities are now calling the murder of eight family members in rural Ohio a "pre-planned execution."
Newsy's partners at WCPO report that police still don't know how many people are involved in the killing of seven adults and one teenager across four homes in Pike County, Ohio.

The victims have all been identified as members of the Rhoden family. Authorities say the victims were shot in the head, many of them in their beds. Three young children were found uninjured at the different crime scenes.

SEE ALSO: 8 members of Ohio family dead in 'execution-style' killings

Recordings of 911 calls reveal that relatives discovered the victims Friday.

"I think my brother-in-law is dead," a caller says.

"Alright, we've got deputies on the way, OK?" a dispatcher says.

"Thank you."

"You're welcome."

As authorities investigated the crime scenes, they discovered marijuana "grow operations" at three of the four homes.

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Authorities say Ohio family massacre was a 'pre-planned execution'
Hearses line the Rhoden burial site at Scioto Burial Park after the funeral for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
Mourners depart the Rhoden burial site at Scioto Burial Park after the funeral for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
A car departs the funeral service for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
Mourners hug after the funeral service for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
Members of the Ohio Crisis Response Team assist a mourner after the funeral for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
Motorcyclists from Red Knights International Firefighter Club arrive to attend a funeral for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
David Dickerson a Victims Advocate from Pike County prosecutors office and three member of the Ohio Crisis Response Team deliver the Rhoden family's message to news outlets on the side of Ohio State Route 73 after the funeral for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
A Member of the Ohio Crisis Response Team walks towards Ohio State Route 73 after the funeral for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
Mourners arrive to attend a funeral for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
Mourners attend a funeral for six members of the Rhoden family, who were shot to death in rural Pike County on April 22, at Dry Run Church of Christ in West Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S. May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kyle Grillot
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A local businessman is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to arrests. Investigators say they've conducted more than 50 interviews so far and that a team of nearly 40 is scouring the woods for more evidence into the murders.

It was a sophisticated operation, and those who carried it out were trying to do everything they could do to hinder the investigation and their prosecution," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

While there is no perceived threat to the community at large, authorities encouraged surviving relatives to arm themselves.

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