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Why Police Haven’t Made Any Arrests in Ohio Massacre That Killed 8 Relatives

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It’s been six months since the Rhoden family was massacred in Piketon, Ohio, and authorities are still looking for answers.

As police pursue the hundreds of possible leads they’ve received since the April 22 slaying of eight relatives, the surviving family members are speaking out about their anguish and heartbreak.

“The case is getting more confusing, more confusing, more confusing,” Andrea Carver, mother of victim Hannah Gilley said in a recent interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It just gets more confusing as time continues to go by. I don’t know what to think.”

Carver’s frustration comes after authorities launched Ohio’s largest and most complex homicide investigation, into the deaths of her daughter, her daughter’s fiancée and his six relatives.

But authorities have yet to make an arrest, and they have declined to publicly discuss a motive.

According to the state’s attorney general’s office, over the last six months more than 100 investigators have scrutinized the crime scene, interviewed family members and reviewed more than 700 tips.

The day after the massacre, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine described the killings as a “pre-planned execution” and “a sophisticated operation.”

A spokesperson for DeWine tells PEOPLE that “investigators certainly know more about Pike County today than when the investigation began,” but would not elaborate any further.

“We still work on this case every single day here at the Attorney General’s Office,” the spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “We expect it to be a long and intensive investigation.”

In her interview, Carver told the Enquirer how she woke up the night her daughter died, clutching her chest. She felt something was wrong and couldn’t fall back to sleep. A few hours later, she said, she received a call saying Hannah and her fiancé, Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden were in an accident.

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When she arrived on the scene at Frankie’s family home — which included three trailers and a camper — where Hannah, their two young children, and Frankie’s extended family lived, Carver still didn’t know her daughter’s fate.

“I just kept asking: ‘What about Hannah Hazel?’ ” Carver told the Enquirer. “Finally, I screamed: ‘Is she dead? Is Hannah Hazel dead? Is my little girl dead?’ ”

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Hannah, Frankie and the other six had been killed early that Saturday morning. They had been shot — all, but one, multiple times — in their sleep. Hannah was shot five times in the head, Carver said.

There were no signs of bruising on the bodies, the Hamilton County Coroner said in a report previously obtained by PEOPLE.

Alongside Hannah and her fiancé were six more bodies: Frankie’s dad, Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Frankie’s mother, Dana Manley Rhoden, 37; his sister, Hanna Mae Rhoden, 19; his brother, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; his uncle, Kenneth Rhoden, 44; and a cousin, Gary Rhoden, 38.

The Pikes County Sheriff’s Office did not return PEOPLE’s request for comment. PEOPLE could not reach Carver or her relatives.

Courtesy Ohio Attorney General
Courtesy Ohio Attorney General

Victim’s Mom: ‘She Should Be Here’

In May, Carver laid her daughter to rest near her childhood home at Hackworth Hill Cemetery in Otway, Ohio.

“I can’t believe she’s dead. I keep saying: ‘They could have put a dummy in that casket that looked like my Hannah, right?’ ” Carver told the Enquirer. “I know I’m in the biggest stage of denial.”

Hannah and Frankie left behind a 6-month-old son, Ruger, who was spared in the attack.

“She shouldn’t been took so young,” Carver said. “She should be here, raising her baby. She should be here.”

Marijuana growing operations were found at three of the four locations at which the victims were shot, DeWine said at a news conference on April 23.

“The family that I knew could not have been involved in that,” family friend Heather Romine told CNN. “It’s just so out of character for them. I don’t think it’s plausible.”

A surviving Rhoden relative dismissed speculation about drug connections, telling Fox News such suspicion had poisoned the family in their community.

She said, “If they had as much marijuana and they were selling as much marijuana as they’re saying, then I wouldn’t be busting my butt to put myself through [nursing] school … My dad wouldn’t have had to work every day, drive back and forth to Columbus to make a living.”

The youngest victim of the shooting, teenager Chris, attended the local high school. He lived with his parents and their extended family, who had lived in the area for generations.

“Somebody knows something,” a police source told PEOPLE soon after the killings. “We’ll investigate until we come up with an answer.”

Authorities continue to urge anyone with information to call 855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or 740-947-2111.