LATHAM, Ohio - A body found in the woods in Pike County this week has been identified as a relative of the Rhoden family slain more than two years ago.
Violet Rhoden Taylor, 35, was pronounced dead at 10:01 a.m. Monday after her body was found on Lapperell Road near Stewart Hollow Road, according to the Pike County Coroner's Office. Her body was sent to Montgomery County for an autopsy.
Officials are tight-lipped about Taylor's death, which remains under investigation, with the state's crime bureau at the helm.
Attorney General spokeswoman Jill Jill DelGreco declined comment on any evidence collected at the scene due to the ongoing investigation. A request made by the Chillicothe Gazette for the initial report from the Pike County Sheriff's Office is pending.
Another spokesman, Dan Tierney, said the request is separate from the ongoing investigation into the murders of Taylor's family members and he could not comment on whether there is any connection between the two investigations.
Taylor was a cousin to the Rhodens and the sister of Josh Rhoden, who was arrested on drug charges in January 2017 but never indicted.
The Pike County slayings occurred in the early morning hours of April 22, 2016, in three trailer homes on Union Hill Road and at another scene on Left Fork Road.
Killed in what authorities have called a methodical, targeted attack on the family were: Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; his ex-wife Dana Rhoden, 37; their children Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 20, Hanna Rhoden, 19, and Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; Christopher Rhoden Sr.'s brother Kenneth Rhoden, 44; a cousin, Gary Rhoden, 38; and Hannah Gilley, 20, the fiancee of Frankie Rhoden.
Officials continue to say the investigation is "very active and ongoing," but decline to confirm or deny individual investigative activities.
A Mexican fishing boat caught fire and burned 30 miles south of San Diego, and while 15 people were rescued by a U.S.- flagged vessel, three people remained missing Sunday.
Community members gathered together Sunday in an effort to keep a sexually violent predator out of the East County. Earlier this month, a judge ordered the release of Alvin Ray from a treatment program to a home in Jacumba Hot Springs where he'll be closely supervised as part of a conditional release program.
Bikes, scooters and any self-powered mode of transport took over the streets of Ocean Beach Sunday. To encourage everyone to slow down and get to know their community, a three-mile stretch was closed to cars with most of the car-free area on Bacon Street.
At least one person was seriously injured Sunday morning in a crash that may have involved an alcohol-impaired driver, the California Highway Patrol said.
If you want to vote in the Nov. 6 Gubernatorial General Election, you should register by Monday, Oct. 22. If you miss the deadline, you may still conditionally register and vote provisionally through Election Day but you will have to register in person at the Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa.
Warm and dry conditions are expected to continue through Sunday with temperatures in the low 80s inland and high 70s at the coast.
The San Diego Gulls will try to extend a three-game winning streak when they resume their four-game homestand Friday following Saturday night's 5-4 victory over the Bakersfield Condors.
A 45-year-old man is expected to survive gunshot wounds suffered during a shooting by a gunman at a liquor store in the Mountain View community of San Diego, a police officer said Sunday.
All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 will be closed from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Sunday night and continuing through Oct. 25, according to the San Diego Association of Governments.
A blessing. That is exactly what Kelly Muno is calling what happened to her son, a former San Diego State University baseball star, on Friday afternoon.