Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader sent out a plea Monday for any information on four family members including Edward “Jake” Wagner, a former long-time boyfriend of Hanna Rhoden, one of the eight victims of the April 22, 2016 Pike County mass slaying.
Investigators are “interested in receiving information regarding any interactions, conversations, dealings, or transactions that the public may have had with these individuals, which could be personal, business, or otherwise. Specifically, information could include, but is not limited to, information regarding vehicles, firearms, and ammunition,” a statement said.
In May, a multi-agency team searched locations in nearby Adams County, including a 71-acre property once co-owned by Jake Wagner and George Wagner IV.
Jake Wagner, 24, and Hanna Rhoden shared custody of a young daughter at the time of the killing.
Law enforcement is looking for information on Jake Wagner and other members of the Wagner family, all believed now in Alaska: George "Billy" Wagner, III, 46, Angela Wagner, 46, and George Wagner IV, 25.
They were not identified as suspects in the murders of eight members of the Rhoden and Gilley families who were shot to death execution style.
The dead include: Hannah Gilley, 20, Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20, Dana Rhoden, 37, Hanna Rhoden, 19, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40, Gary Rhoden, 38, and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.
Here are the most recent 3 news developments surrounding the unsolved case:
Wagner family members reported in Alaska: Members of the family attended church Sunday in southern Alaska, a pastor and family friend told the Dayton Daily News.
Kelly Cinereski, pastor at Resurrection Bay Baptist Church in Seward, Alaska, told the Daily News the Wagner family attended his son’s church in Kenai. The pastor has not seen them personally, but said the family brought trailers.
Cinereski said he believes the Wagners are moving to the area.
Case of victim’s brother to grand jury: In May, authorities charged James Manley, the brother of victim Dana Rhoden, with vandalism and evidence tampering for allegedly destroying a GPS tracking device state investigators placed on his truck. A judge dismissed the charges, sending the case to a grand jury.
Manley, like all others questioned in the case to date, has not been implicated in the deaths which remain unsolved.
In the days just before a warrant was issued for Manley, authorities searched the farm and other properties including one where a trailer belonging to the Wagner family was searched and seized, reported WCPO.
Case remains priority: As the case’s one-year anniversary approached in April, Reader and DeWine faced the media and said the case was a top a priority but couldn’t say whether the 10-12 investigators working in Pike County any given week were any closer to solving the execution-style murders.
A video plea was also made by Rhoden family members including Geneva Rhoden, who asked for help in finding the killers of her sons Christopher Sr. and Kenneth, her grandchildren and grandson’s fiancee.