Four people wanted for questioning in Pike County massacre seen in Alaska

1 year later, few answers in Rhoden family murders
Updated: Jun. 21, 2017 at 9:00 PM EDT
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The four individuals police are seeking information on. (Provided, Ohio Attorney General's...
The four individuals police are seeking information on. (Provided, Ohio Attorney General's Office)

PIKE COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Investigators are looking for information on four people as part of the puzzling Pike County massacre that left eight members of the Rhoden family dead last year.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader on Monday asked the public for information on four residents of Peebles, Ohio. However, they relocated to Alaska last week.

Investigators are asking for information on the following people:

George "Billy" Wagner, III, 46

Angela Wagner, 46

George Wagner IV, 25

Edward "Jake" Wagner, 24

The four people were not named as suspects in the murder investigation that has seemingly left authorities stumped for over a year. It is unclear what prompted law enforcement to seek them out. Investigators are interested in any information the public may have on those individuals including business dealings. Specifically, police are wanting information regarding vehicles, firearms and ammunition.

A man said he talked to the them about bears being in the area, and that's when they told him they have a 12-gauge shot gun.

The Wagners allegedly told the man they moved from Ohio to start a new life and find work.

"When I drove by I saw them putting in kids toys and I'm going to let them know that we do have bears in this area and to watch their kids," neighbor Brad Conklin said. "I just struck up a conversation with them saying, 'Hi, welcome to the neighborhood,' and no big deal. Then 9 o'clock comes around and I see that their faces plastered all over Facebook."

This isn't the first time their names have been connected to this investigation.

Jake Wagner, we're told, was at one point Hanna Rhoden's boyfriend. Hanna was one of the victims.

The two had a daughter together, who is now believed to be in Jake's custody.

Some of the Wagner's property in Pike County was searched for evidence in May. No arrests were made.

Officials believe the Wagners packed and moved to Alaska. A pastor there, Kelly Cinereski with Resurrection Bay Baptist Church in Seward, told the Dayton Daily News the Wagner family was at his son's church Sunday.

He called them "good country people" and said he thinks they're just trying to move on.

Alaska authorities said they are not involved in the investigation and haven't been asked to do so.

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Those who have information are asked to call the BCI tip line at 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff's Office at 740-947-2111. Any information provided will remain confidential, and a $10,000 reward is still in effect.

Authorities have not called the Wagners suspects.

In overnight hours of April 21 and 22 in 2016, eight people were shot to death in four homes near Piketon in rural southern Ohio. Six adults and a 16-year-old boy were discovered to have been shot execution-style. An eighth victim was found with nine gunshot wounds.

Three young children and two infants were left alive during the shooting.

The victims in the case are: Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40, Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 20, Dana Rhoden, 37, Gary Rhoden, 38, Hanna Rhoden, 19, Hannah Gilley, 20, Kenneth Rhoden, 44.

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