Investigation Continues Two Years Into Rhoden Family Murder Case

(Pike, Co.) - There hasn't been any new information come out about on the 2016 Rhoden family murder case in Pike County since June of 2017. 

At that time, Attorney General Mike DeWine issued a statement that said they were interested in information about members of the Wagner family from Peebles.

Jake Wagner had been in a custody battle with Hanna Rhoden over their daughter, when Hanna was killed on April 22, 2016.

The members of the Wagner family are George "Billy" Wagner, his wife, Angela Wagner, and their sons, George Wagner, and Edward "Jake" Wagner. 

Some of the family's properties were searched by investigators. Angela Wagner has said her husband "Billy" was close friends with Christopher Rhoden, Sr.

Dewine at the time asked the public inform investigators of  "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."

The Wagner family moved to Alaska, and claimed they just wanted to give Jakes' daughter a chance to grow up away from the media frenzy surrounding the murder of her mother and her family. Jake has custody of his and Hanna Rhoden's daughter.

No arrest or further information has been released by Dewine's office or BCI&I.

Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk told the Cincinnati Enquirer recently that BCI&I still has two agents dedicated to working with a member of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office on the case, who are still focusing efforts on investigating the Wagner family.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader issued this statement April 17th.

"I have decided out of respect for the victims, the family and friends, and for the intregrity of the ongoing and active criminal investigation, I will not be doing any interviews or taking any questions concerning the multiple homicide that occured in Pike County, Ohio on April 22, 2016. I remain very confident in the investigative staff."

Those killed were: Christopher Rhoden, Sr., 40; and his former wife, Dana Manley Rhoden, 38; and their three children, Clarence "Frankie" Rhoden, 20; Hanna Rhoden, 19; and Chris Rhoden, Jr., 16; Christopher Rhoden's older brother, Kenneth, 44; and their cousin, Gary Rhoden, 38; and "Frankie" Rhoden's fiance Hannah Gilley, 20.



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