Alaska, Ohio police ‘inundated’ with Pike County murders tips

Ohio law enforcement investigating the Pike County murders have received a “significant” number of tips from Alaska after a request for information about four people believed to be living there.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Monday investigators are looking for information about George “Billy” Wagner III, 46, Angela Wagner, 46, George Wagner IV, 25 and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 24. No one is named as a suspect in the April 22, 2016, murders of eight people in the Rhoden and Gilley families.

The murders of eight Rhoden family members remains unsolved a year after they were killed execution style in their rural Pike County homes.

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“We have received many tips as result of the announcement, including a significant number from Alaska,” said Dan Tierney, DeWine’s spokesman. “We are not going to comment on specific investigatory arrangements.”

Those “investigatory arrangements” include whether Alaska law enforcement are working with Ohio law enforcement, something neither has told the public.

“If Ohio requests (Alaska State Troopers) assistance, we will evaluate that request,” said Megan Peters, an Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman. “If the public has information for Ohio investigators, based on their request, they should call 855-224-6446.”

Peters would not say if Ohio law enforcement have requested Alaska Troopers’ assistance.

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Other law enforcement in Alaska have been overwhelmed by tips from people who reportedly saw the family.

“As the result of a recent release by the Attorney General in Ohio about a homicide investigation in Pike County with ties to Alaska, the Anchorage Police Department has been inundated with 911 calls,” the department posted on Facebook. “APD is not involved in the investigation. There are no suspect searches being conducted.”

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