Eight bodies found after execution-style killings
Eight people, including two children, were found dead in apparent executions at four locations in rural Ohio yesterday.
Seven of the victims, who are believed to be from the same family, were found slain at three homes along a rural road while the eighth body was discovered at another location. It's not known whether the killer or killers is among the dead.
Last night, authorities were trying to determine a motive, identify the deceased and determine if the killer or killers are among the deceased individuals or on the loose.
A dozen agents from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI)were called yesterday morning to Pike County, an economically struggling area in the Appalachian region some 120km east of Cincinnati.
Goldie Hilderbran (65) said she lives about 2km from where the shootings took place.
Ms Hilderbran said the mail carrier told her deputies had stopped her from delivering mail in the area they had blocked off.
"She just told me she knew something really bad has happened," Ms Hilderbran said.
Governor John Kasich, who is campaigning in nearby Pennsylvania for his Republican presidential bid, said his office was monitoring the situation in Pike County.
Peebles High School imposed a precautionary lockout yesterday morning after authorities notified the superintendent of the shootings that had occurred a few miles away. The school later reopened after the all-clear was given.