UPDATE: At least 8 dead in Ohio shootings at 4 scenes

PIKETON, Oh. (AP) – The Latest on shootings in rural southern Ohio (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

An eighth body has been found in a fourth location in southern Ohio.

Spokeswoman Jill Del Greco says she doesn’t have any other information yet, but Attorney General Mike DeWine plans to provide an update in Pike County later Friday afternoon.

Authorities said earlier that at least seven people, including two children, were killed in what they described as “execution-style killings” in three homes along a rural Ohio road.

No arrests have been announced, and it’s unclear if the killer or killers are among the dead.

The bodies were discovered earlier Friday.

1:45 p.m.

Authorities say at least seven people are dead in what they’re calling “execution-style killings” in three homes along a rural Ohio road.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said Friday that all the victims are believed to be members of the same family. They say the victims are believed to be five adults and two kids. All were shot to death.

They say there is not an active shooter and no arrests have been made. Authorities are trying to determine a motive, identify the deceased and determine if the killer or killers are among the deceased individuals or on the loose.

Pike County is in a predominantly rural Appalachian Mountain region some 80 miles east of Cincinnati.

11:55 a.m.

Authorities say there are multiple crime scenes along the same road in rural Ohio where fatalities from a shooting have been reported.

Bureau of Criminal Investigation spokeswoman Jill Del Greco confirmed Friday morning that the shootings had happened in more than one location in Pike County. The attorney general’s office requested state help at 8:20 a.m.

So far, there is no official confirmation on how many fatalities there are and on whether a suspect or suspects were in custody.

Pike County is in a predominantly rural Appalachian Mountain region some 80 miles east of Cincinnati.

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11:25 a.m.

Authorities say there have been shootings involving multiple fatalities in rural Ohio.

The attorney general’s office says a dozen Bureau of Criminal Investigation agents have been called to Pike County. Spokesman Dan Tierney says the Pike County sheriff’s office requested state help at 8:20 a.m. Friday.

Tierney had no information on whether a suspect was in custody. He also had no confirmation on the number of fatalities.

Multiple news outlets are reporting there is more than one crime scene. TV reports from the scene say a staging area has been set up with ambulances and fire personnel.

Pike County is in a predominantly rural Appalachian Mountain region some 80 miles east of Cincinnati.

Several news outlets reported that the shooting was in or near a residence.

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4/22/2016 11:58:41 AM (GMT -4:00)

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