Pike County community reaction

How big was the Pike County murders investigation? 

More than four dozen law enforcement agencies helped investigators nab the family suspected of murdering eight of their friends in Pike County. 

Arrested Tuesday were George “Billy” Wagner III, 47; his wife, Angela Wagner, 48; and their sons, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 27 and 26. 

Rita Newcomb, 65, of South Webster and Fredericka Wagner, 76, grandmothers in the Wagner family, are charged with trying to “cover up” the crime, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. 


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Who are the Wagners, accused of planning and carrying out the murders of the Rhodens in Pike County?

Several dozen state, local and federal agencies assisted in the investigation. They include: 

• Adams County Sheriff's Office 

• Buckeye State Sheriffs' Association 

• Butler County Sheriff's Office 

• Chillicothe Police Department 

• Clark County Prosecutor's Office 

• Columbus Division of Police 

• Delaware County Sheriff's Office 

• Franklin County Prosecutor's Office 

• Franklin County Sheriff's Office 

• Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office 

• Ohio Air National Guard 

• Ohio Crisis Response Team 

• Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction 

• Ohio Department of Taxation 

• Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission 

• Ohio State Highway Patrol 

• Pickaway County Sheriff's Office 

• Piketon Police Department 

• Portsmouth Police Department 

• Ross County Sheriff's Office 

• Scioto County Prosecutor's Office 

• Scioto County Sheriff's Office 

• U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force 

• Warren County Prosecutor's Office 

• Warren County Sheriff's Office 

• Waverly Police Department 

• Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 

• Customs and Border Patrol 

• Drug Enforcement Agency 

• Federal Bureau of Investigation 

• Homeland Security Investigations 

• U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Ohio 

• U.S. Postal Inspection Service 

Nearly two dozen law enforcement agencies from 10 different states and Canada also assisted with the investigation, according to DeWine.

Mike DeWine announces in a press conference that four members of the Wagner family will face the death penalty for the eight murders of the Rhodens.

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