4 wanted in Rhoden Massacre


By Nikki Blankenship - nblankenship@aimmediamidwest.com



More than a year since the mass homicide, justice may finally come in the case of the Rhoden Family Massacre, in which eight members of the Rhoden Family were murdered execution-style in their homes in Pike County. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office (AGO) released information Monday asking for help finding a family of potential suspects.

The victims, who were killed on April 22, 2016 were Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Dana Lynn Rhoden, 37; Gary Rhoden, 38; Hanna May Rhoden, 19; Hannah Hazel Gilley, 20; and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader today asked for help from the public in the ongoing investigation.

Investigators in the murder investigation are asking for information regarding the following persons:

George “Billy” Wagner, III, 46

Angela Wagner, 46

George Wagner IV, 25

Edward “Jake” Wagner, 24.

AGO Spokesperson Dan Tierney declined to give any additional information. He also refused to say if the four are suspects or are just wanted for questioning.

“Local media can make their own assumptions,” he stated. “We are not commenting further at this time.”

The AGO did stress that investigators are interested in receiving information regarding any interactions with the Wagners, including 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.

Those listed are formerly residents of Peterson Road in Peebles and are currently believed by authorities to be residing in Alaska.

Anyone with information is 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.

Three young children were also at the scene but were unharmed during the shootings, including a four-day-old child who was found in bed with her mother’s body, a six-month-old and a three-year-old.

The first seven bodies were discovered on the morning of April 22 in three houses on Union Hill Road in Pike County, with the eighth body being located on Left Fork Road in the same vicinity of Ohio 772.

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By Nikki Blankenship

nblankenship@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.