Tips flooding in on Rhoden investigation

By Nikki Blankenship -

After a call for assistance in the Rhoden investigation, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) says there have been plenty of tips of coming in from both Ohio and Alaska.

“We encourage anyone here or in Alaska to call the BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) hotline or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office,” AGO Spokesperson Dan Tierney stated.

He added that those two entities are leading the Rhoden investigation and asked that those with information not call the Alaskan authorities. Tierney could not comment on the number or nature of the calls.

“We did receive a significant number of tips, but I cannot comment on the number or the investigation,” he said.

It has been more than a year since the Rhoden Family Massacre in which eight members of the Rhoden Family were killed execution-style in their homes in Pike County.

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.

Three young children 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.

The AGO released information Monday that asking for help, requesting any information regarding the following persons :

George “Billy” Wagner, III, 46

Angela Wagner, 46

George Wagner IV, 25

Edward “Jake” Wagner, 24.

Those listed are formerly residents of Peterson Road in Peebles and are currently believed by authorities to be residing in Alaska. The AGO did not state whether the individuals were wanted as suspects or just for questioning.

The AGO did stress that investigators are interested in receiving information regarding any interactions 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.

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.

By Nikki Blankenship

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

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