Info wanted on family in connection with mass killings
Investigators in Ohio are asking Alaska residents who may have had contact with the Wagner family, who is now believed to be living on the Kenai Peninsula, to give them a call.
George “Billy” Wagner, III, 46, Angela Wagner, 46, George Wagner IV, 25, and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 24, are the focus of an investigation related to the execution-style killings of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County, Ohio in late-April of 2016.
According to Dayton Daily News, investigators learned of the family’s location from a pastor and family friend.
Kelly Cinereski is a pastor at Resurrection Bay Baptist Church in Seward; he told the Dayton Daily News that the Wagner family attended his son’s church in Kenai on Sunday. He continued that the family brought trailers and are moving to the area.
Cinereski, who used to lead a church in Minford, Ohio, says the Wagner family had come to visit over the years and their children played together and said the family had intended to move to Alaska for many years.
Monday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine made a plea for information related to the Wagner family and any conversations, dealings or transactions the public may have had with them, including but not limited to information regarding vehicles, firearms and ammunition, according to a release.
The Wagners have maintained their innocence in the murders of Rhoden family, whose ages range from 16 to 44.
Authorities have asked anyone with information to call the Pike County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office at (740) 947-2111.