Brother of victim in unsolved Ohio massacre appears in court

Witness charged with tampering with evidence in Pike County murders

Witness charged with tampering with evidence in Pike County murders

UPDATE, 10:15 a.m.: The father of James Manley said his son did not own the truck that investigators tracked with a Global Positioning System device in the last month when the Pike County murders happened more than a year ago. Alan L. Lewis. Lewis wrote that he put the Global Positioning System on the frame of Manley's red Chevrolet truck on April 22 and the Global Positioning System stopped operating on April 28.

On Friday and Saturday, several state and county investigators were searching a farm in Adams County, roughly 10 miles away from the Rhoden family massacre scene.

"They ain't gonna find no one that would say a bad word about my son or my daughter 'cause they were real close", Leonard Manley said.

Forty-year-old James Manley, of Peebles, appeared in Pike County Court on the felony charges Wednesday.

Leonard Manley told WCPO he has no idea where the Global Positioning System device is, and he claimed his son did nothing wrong.

Authorities have charged the brother of one of the eight victims of an unsolved OH massacre with tampering with evidence and vandalism, accusing him of destroying a Global Positioning System device.

According to a statement from the Ohio Attorney General's office, Manley is accused of destroying a Global Positioning System device used in the investigation. His phone is disconnected, and online court records don't list an attorney for him. Manley's father, Leonard Manley, told the Cincinnati Enquirer his son would turn himself in.

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Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40, Dana Rhoden, 37, Frankie Rhoden, 20, Hanna Rhoden, 19, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, Gary Rhoden, 38, Kenneth Rhoden, 44 and Hannah Gilley, 20, were found shot to death in four homes near Piketon in April 2016.

Bernie Brown, who owns the site, told WCPO authorities searched two large trailers and took one smaller utility trailer owned by the Wagner family.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office said Tuesday a witness has been charged in the investigation into the murders of eight family members in Pike County.

No arrests have been made, and family members have pleaded for anyone with information that might help solve the case to come forward. As they approached, Leonard Manley swore at the agents and said his son had found and destroyed the device and "that things not on the truck", the warrant said.

Agents went to Manley's residence in rural Pike County on May 15 to provide notice of the device.

"It's like a wound and then you pick at it", he told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "and they are starting to pick pretty hard".

The charges do not implicate James Manley in the deaths, nor does the warrant name him as a suspect in the deaths of his sister, her ex-husband and their three children and three other family members.

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