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State Investigators Arrest Two On Drug Charges With Evidence From Pike Murders

Sam Hendren

State investigators say they’ve brought drug charges against two people using evidence from last year’s murder of eight people in Pike County. 

Police say they’ve arrested 63-year-old John McJunkin and 38-year-old Josh Rhoden on felony drug possession and trafficking charges.

Rhoden shares a last name with seven of the eight people found fatally shot in rural Pike County last April. Those murders remain unsolved, but police say while investigating, they found enough evidence to raid the homes of McJunkin and Rhoden.

They say they found more than $15,000 worth of cash and prescription pills, as well as guns and marijuana.  An investigation continues into the eight murders. 

Debbie Holmes has worked at WOSU News since 2009. She has hosted All Things Considered, since May 2021. Prior to that she was the host of Morning Edition and a reporter.