OH Pike Co., 8 in Rhoden Family Murdered Over Custody Issue, 4 Members Wagner Family Arrested #59

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A town woke up one morning to the horror that eight people were brutally killed. The Rhoden family suffered an unthinkable loss eight times over on one late April night in 2016. And years would go by before an arrest was made, and the massacre of an entire family still haunts Pike County, Ohio to this day. The murders of the Rhoden family still haunt small Ohio community

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Video Interview with Attorney General DeWine Published 8-13-16

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Updated Timeline - Rhoden Family Murders - updating 2/5/2019

November 2001

George Wagner III indicted on 3 felony counts for receiving stolen property
Pike County: Father accused in Rhoden massacre faced prior felonies

George Wagner III and Angela Wagner charged with felony tampering with evidence. Charges dismissed by Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk, who doesn’t recall the reason why.
Pike County: Father accused in Rhoden massacre faced prior felonies

2012 - AG DeWine issued press release announcing LE had discovered “a major marijuana grow site”in Pike County with suspected ties to a Mexican drug cartel. During the discovery, 1200 plants were destroyed by investigators and two abandoned campsites were located, which they believe had belonged to Mexican nationals.

From <Media & Timeline NO DISCUSSION - Pike Co, OH 8 Family Members Murdered>


November 2013
Birth of daughter Sophia to Jake Wagner and Hanna Rhoden. They lived together much of the time until 2015, at Hanna’s home or the Wagner’s
Pike County investigation: 8 deaths and multiple arrests were tied to one key factor — child custody


Jake Wagner began hacking, etc. victims’ phones, computers and social media accounts according to indictment


March 2015

Jake Wagner and Hanna Rhoden end their relationship
Exhaustive investigation leads to break in Pike County murder case

May 2015

Frankie and Chris Rhoden, Jr get in a fight with another driver at a local demolition derby.
Violent Rhoden Brothers Met a Violent End in Ohio Massacre

August 2015
Hanna Rhoden becomes pregnant with her second child, Kylie


January 2016

Wagner 4 begin plotting to murder the Rhoden family, per indictments

February 2016
Box of marijuana discovered at Piketon Post Office, investigation leads to discovery of "shatter" operation

March 21, 2016
Chris Rhoden, Sr. purchases property and home at 3122 Union Hill Rd. for his ex-wife Dana Rhoden, where she lived with their children Hanna Mae Rhoden and Christopher Rhoden, Jr.
Properties released to family of Pike County victims

Two to three weeks prior to murders: Leonard Manley claims Jake Wagner and his father tried to get Hanna M Rhoden to sign documents giving custody of her daughter Sophia to Jake Wagner.

April 3, 2016

Rita Newcomb forged custody documents related to Sophia, daughter of Jake Wagner and Hanna Rhoden
Billy Wagner to answer to charges for Rhoden, Gilley murders in Pike County


April 7, 2016

Purchase made at Walmart – photo and receipt later retrieved by BCI and presented as evidence for murder indictments

Jan 17, 2019 Discovery Evidence Summary

April 15, 2016

Wagner family alleges Hanna Rhoden dropped off her daughter Sophia at their home. This conflicts with other reports that Jake Wagner picked up Sophia around 10:30 pm April 21.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Hanna Rhoden gives birth to Kylie Rhoden at Southern Ohio Medical Center, Portsmouth, OH

Get Access

Monday, April 18, 2016

Photos of Hanna Rhoden in hospital with daughter Sophie and new baby Kylie

Graves: My wish for the Rhoden babies

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - Woman sentenced in road rage incident court case involving Chris Jr.

From <OH - Pike County: 8 people from one family dead as police hunt for killer(s) #5>

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Thursday, April 21, 2016

8 am: Dana arrives at work - Hillcrest Nursing Home, Peebles, OH

10:30 pm – Jake Wagner is reported to have picked up Sophia from Hanna Rhoden, a day earlier than usual

11pm: Dana leaves work - Hillcrest Nursing Home - 14 miles away per CNN

Approx 11:20 pm - Dana arrives home

Friday, April 22, 2016

1 am: April Manley, sister in law of Dana Rhoden, allegedly exchanges text messages with Dana. This information has never been confirmed by LE


2 am: James Manley later told by LE that he received a text from Jake Wagner, ex-boyfriend of Hanna Rhoden. LE has never confirmed this.
Pike County Murders: Father says it’s like ‘tearing the scabs off us’

Between 1 am and 7 am - the following were murdered

  • Christopher Rhoden, Sr. (age 40): Nine (face, torso, extremities).
  • Dana Rhoden (age 37): Five (head).
  • Hannah Gilley (age 20): Five (head)
  • Christopher Rhoden, Jr. (age 16): Four (head).
  • Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden (age 20): Three (head). Two were “contact wounds” as indicated by soot from the gun on his skull.
  • Gary Rhoden (age 37): Three “contact” wounds (head).
  • Hanna Rhoden (19): Two (head).
  • Kenneth Rhoden (age 44): One (right eye).

Rhodens shot in head at point-blank range

7:15 am: Bobby Jo Manley, sister of Dina Rhoden, arrives at Chris Sr.'s property to feed his animals. She says she was with two friends, identities have varied, not confirmed.

7:15 to 7:40?: She uses a key to unlock the front door and sees the bodies of Gary & Chris Rhoden Sr. Exact time not known

Pike County: 'I was not leaving those babies in there'

7:49 am: Bobby Jo calls 911 Ibid.
Audio of call

7:53 am: PCSO Dep. Music and Dep. Chandler are dispatched to 4077 Union Hill Road in response to the 7:49 am 911 call from BJM. Ibid.

Approx 7:55 am: Billy Jo Manley runs next door to trailer of Frankie Rhoden & Hannah Gilley. Door is locked, she hears toddler inside, asks him to open the door. She then discovers the bodies of Frankie & Hannah. She takes the children outside to her car.

7:15 - 7:53 am: Sometime after discovering the bodies, Billy Jo Manley calls her brother James Manley. He and his son go to the home of Dana Rhoden and discover she is dead. According to his wife, James doesn't go further into Dana's home, though he can see her legs and hear a baby crying.

8:07 am: Deputy Chandler arrived "at a neighboring residence where he was flagged down by a subject. Deputy Chandler advised that he needed multiple ambulances due to multiple down at multiple residences."

8:12 am: Deputy Music, Deputy Ball, and Major Evans all arrived "on scene" where they were approached by [Redacted] (later revealed it was James Manley) who stated: "there are two more dead people here." [Redacted] pointed to the residence at 4077 Union Hill.

From <OH - Pike County: 8 people from one family dead as police hunt for killer(s) #5>

8:07 am - 8:17 am: Time of death declared for victims.

8:21 am: PCSO request for assistance sent to BCI

OH - Pike County: 8 people from one family dead as police hunt for killer(s) #5

12:13 pm: at least 4 BCI Crime Scene Unit trucks are seen at the intersection of Hwy 32 and Union Hill Road headed towards the crime scenes. (Source: tweet including a photo made by Gannett Ohio reporter @saranealeigh)


OH - Pike County: 8 people from one family dead as police hunt for killer(s) #5

1:26 pm Friday: Donald Stone calls 911 to report discovery of Kenneth Rhoden’s body

LISTEN: 911 calls from Pike County mass killing

Audio of call
911 call: April 22 in Pike County. 1:26 p.m.

1:36 pm -- Ohio AG Mike DeWine issues a press release: 7 people murdered in "execution-style killings"

1:49 pm - Time of death listed for Kenneth Rhoden


Saturday, 4/23/2016

Abt 3 - 4am - LE arrives at Bobby Jo Manley's residence to question her; 5 others also questioned
Pike County Murders: Father says it’s like ‘tearing the scabs off us’

Kenny Rhoden (cousin) calls 911 in Greenup Co, KY stating he is being chased by a green Chrysler in South Shore, KY.
'I fear for my life,' Rhoden family member tells 911 | Ohio News

Businessman Jeff Ruby offers $25,000 reward
Jeff Ruby offers $25K reward for Pike Co. killer

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Autopsies performed by Hamilton County Medical Examiner in Cincinnati, OH

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Funeral for Gary Rhoden, South Shore, KY
Family honors first of 8 Pike County victims at service

Jake Wagner files for custody of Sophia, age 2, his daughter with Hanna Rhoden

Court docs: Suspect filed for custody of child at heart of Pike County investigation days after slayings

Friday, April 29, 2016

Businessman Jeff Ruby withdraws his reward of $25,000. News reports say he was advised not to discuss the withdrawal
Cartel concerns behind Jeff Ruby's withdrawal of $25K reward

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Funeral for Hannah Gilley in Ottway, OH
Hannah Gilley, 20, laid to rest near her childhood home

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Funeral for Rhoden family - Chris Sr, Dana, Frankie, Hanna, Chris Jr. and Kenneth

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Trailers of family members Chris Rhoden Sr, Frankie Rhoden & Kenneth Rhoden were sealed and moved to storage at Hasdell Chemical Co. in Waverly, OH. Dana Rhoden’s trailer was moved later, on Sunday, May 15.


Friday, May 13, 2016

PCSO/BCI conducts a video interview of Jake Wagner

OH Pike County: 8 in Rhoden Family Murdered Over Custody Issue 4 Members Wagner Family Arrested#41

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

AG Mike DeWine claims Rhoden family trailers and homes were moved to preserve evidence and to protect the family’s possessions that remain inside. Real property and remaining outbuildings, etc. are released to surviving family members.
Properties released to family of Pike County victims

Friday, May 25, 2016

PCSO/BCI conducts a video interview of Jake Wagner

Jake Wagner appears in court, some evidence turned over to his attorneys

Friday, May 27, 2016

Death certificates released to news media

Times of death (preliminary) :

8:07 am Chris Rhoden, Sr, Gary Rhoden

8:11 am Frankie Rhoden, Hannah Gilley

8:17 am Dana Rhoden, Hanna Rhoden, Chris Rhoden, Jr.

1:49 pm Kenneth Rhoden

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pike County Sheriff announces a $10,000 reward, 10 weeks late, after it was approved
Rhoden murder reward announced - 10 weeks late

Tuesday, July, 26, 2016
Coroner, attorney general refuse to release final autopsies in Pike County killings

Coroner, attorney general refuse to release final autopsies in Pike County killings

August 2016

Jacob Wagner, father of Hanna Rhoden's older daughter, lists his family farm for sale. Location is 260 Peterson Rd, Peebles, OH

Sometime after murders and before May 2017 raid on Wagner properties, it is determined through testing that JW is not the father of Hanna Rhoden's second child.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Columbus Dispatch files lawsuit against Pike County Coroner’s office saying it is improperly withholding final autopsy results.

Coroner, attorney general refuse to release final autopsies in Pike County killings

Friday, September 9, 2016

PCSO/BCI conducts an audio interview with George Wagner III

Jake Wagner appears in court, some evidence turned over to his attorneys

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ohio AG releases heavily redacted final autopsy reports

Ohio AG releases redacted Rhoden autopsy reports

Attorney General releases heavily redacted Pike County autopsy reports

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

PCSO/BCI conducts an audio interview with Angela Wagner


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ohio Supreme Court agrees to hear lawsuit case of Ohio newspapers seeking to view unredacted final autopsy reports

Tuesday, March 10, 2017
Jake Wagner's Peterson Rd house sells for $165,000

Thursday, April 13, 2017

PCSO/BCI conduct an audio interview with Jake Wagner

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rhoden family members plead with public for tips to solve murders

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Pike County LE place a GPS tracking device on truck owned by James Manley, brother of Dana Manley Rhoden. LE claims it was placed there because the truck was related to an aggravated murder case


Friday, April 28, 2017

11:35 am - James Manley finds and removes tracking device and destroys it


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

PCSO/BCI conducts an audio interview with Jake and Angela Wagner


Approx. May 5, 2017

Jacob Wagner asks ___ Brown if he can store some trailers on his property. He tells him his farm is sold and he and his brother have found good paying jobs “up north” and are moving there. He needs to move out of farm for new owners. JW drops off 3 trailers at the Brown property “a week before the search


Monday, May 8, 2017

PCSO/BCI conducts audio interview with George Wagner III

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Jake Wagner stopped his activities related to intercepting, wire, oral or electronic communications, per Count 20 of his Indictment


May 10, 2017
BCI search at 260 Peterson Rd

May 5 - May 12, 2017
Sometime after dropping off 3 trailers loaded with furniture and personal possessions, Jacob Wagner and family leave the area. Later posts on FB show photos of them in a location resembling areas in Alaska or Canada.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Abt 11 am - PCSO, BCI, Adams County SO, Ohio Dept. of Corrections STAR and other Ohio LE agencies conduct a search at properties related to Jacob Wagner & family.

260 Peterson Rd, Peebles, OH - farm formerly owned by Wagner's parents, where JW resided with his mother, father, brother, daughter Sophia Rhoden Wagner and daughter of his brother George.

Unlimited Motors, St Hwy 41, Peebles, OH - Auto repair business and farm of ___ Brown, friend of J Wagner.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
LE team PCSO, BCI) raids Flying W Farms. Franklin County Sheriff's office assists. Franklin County claims their SWAT team accompanied the raid, saying they had an arrest warrant. FCSO later retracts the statement. A neighbor of Flying W Farms who witnessed the vehicle caravan entering and leaving the property is interviewed, claiming there was a SWAT vehicle and an ambulance present.


From <https://www.websleuths.com/forums/threads/media-timeline-no-discussion-pike-co-oh-8-family-members-murdered.306329/page-8>

PCSO/BCI conducts an audio interview with Angela Wagner


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PCSO/BCI conduct audio interview with Angela Wagner


May 18, 2017
BCI searches a Ford Excursion, retrieves items for testing and submitted as evidence

Jan 17, 2019 Discovery list

June 8, 2017

BCI searches trash at Days Inn, Jackson, OH (presume this hotel where GW3 and family stayed)


June 19, 2017
AG DeWine and Sheriff Reader make public appeal for information about Wagner family


June ? 2017

Wagner family leaves Ohio to eventually end up living in Kenai, AK

July 2017

Wagner family has some kind of possible real estate transaction in Montana

(Need link to discovery document)

July 13, 2017
Search of property on Bethel Hill Rd, Piketon, OH; near Flying W Farms.
(link to discovery document) Jake Wagner Supplemental discovery evidence list Jan 17, 2019

Thursday, December 14, 2017
Ohio Supreme Court rules against Columbus Dispatch and Cincinnati Enquirer in lawsuit to release unredacted final autopsy reports


April 15, 2018

Wagner trailer search (location unknown)
Jan 17, 2019 Discovery list

April 19, 2018
Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk says Wagner family remains the focus of the Rhoden/Gilley murder investigation

Spring 2018
Wagner family members return from AK to Flying W Farms and later South Webster, OH. George Wagner IV returns later, arriving before the arrests

Per AG DeWine press conference at time of arrests

Approx. July 2018

Grand Jury is seated in Pike County to hear evidence and testimony in the Rhoden/Gilley murder case

July 14, 2018
Fredericka Wagner testifies before the Pike County Grand Jury regarding purchase of bullet-proof vests, among other evidence.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Rita Jo Newcomb testifies before the Pike County Grand Jury, later charged with perjury and obstructing justice

Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Fredericka Wagner testifies before the Pike County Grand Jury, later charged with perjury and obstructing justice


Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Unredacted preliminary autopsy reports of Rhoden/Gilley victims released for viewing by news media. Complete final autopsy reports remain heavily redacted


Thursday, October 11, 2018
Registered mail to George Wagner IV pertaining to custody agreement delivered to him at South Webster, OH

Tuesday, October 31, 2018
Investigators gathered the final piece of evidence – a silencer

BCI search of well at 260 Peterson Rd – retrieved silencer
Jake Wagner Supplemental Discovery Evidence List Jan 17, 2019

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Lab experts completed examination of the silencer

Monday, November 12, 2018
Grand Jury hands down murder charges against 4 Wagner family members and forgery, obstruction of justice and other charges against Rita Jo Newcomb and Fredericka Wagner

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Indictments filed, bringing charges against:
George Wagner III, Angela Jo Wagner, George Wagner IV, Edward "Jake" Wagner, Fredericka Wagner and Rita Jo Newcomb. Arrests of all were made the same day


Indictments allege George Wagner III, George Wagner IV, Angela Wagner, Jake Wagner and Fredericka Wagner plotted revenge against Ohio AG Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader


Wednesday, November 14, 2018
AG DeWine says custody battle was at the center of the Rhoden/Gilley murders

George Wagner III waives extradition from KY, where he was arrested

November 15 - December 5, 2018
All suspects indicted in connection with Rhoden/Gilley murders arraigned on charges and plead not guilty

Link to Pike County Clerk of Courts/Case Dockets
For information about charges, hearing schedules, docket, etc.
Why is this case taking so long?

Capital Case ... Otherwise they could be tried together ... Dozens and dozens of Motions including Death Penalty Motions and Motions having to do with the Penalty Phase trial if found guilty ... Extreme amounts of evidence that the Defense claims is unorganized and they want an expensive Discovery Coordinator ... Covid set the Hearings back 3 months ... Jake couldn't make his December 2nd Hearing because he was sick ... George's trial has stalled because one of his attorneys retired and the replacement attorney has to get up to speed ... Time had to be taken to prepare for and then to present evidence at George's Bond Hearing....Billy likewise but then his was cancelled....

Angela hasn't been back to court for a full 6 months now, maybe she isn't in any hurry because in jail before trial she still has hope. The "shoe thing" and her mom testifying against her must be a real jarring wakeup call for her. She's probably not in any hurry to hear what her mom will say on the stand, when by that point, they will be seeing each other in person for the first time in years ... How's that for a family reunion?

... 2 Cents ... :eek:
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