OH Pike County: 8 in Rhoden Family Murdered Over Custody Issue 4 Members Wagner Family Arrested#43

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  1. tlcya

    tlcya Old and Tired Websleuth

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    George Wagner is accused of killing a family of 8 living on a pot farm in Pike County OH. While first thought to be drug related the killings now could be the result of a custody battle. 3 other members of the Wagner family have been arrested as well. So many twists and turns and Websleuths members are on top of every single thing that happens in the shocking case.

    The gruesome slayings have rattled this southeast corner of Appalachian Ohio, a region that culturally identifies more closely with neighboring Kentucky and West Virginia than the state’s northern cities.


    Adding to the shock was the discovery of hundreds of illegal marijuana plants on Rhoden’s property, highlighting the region’s dependency on the illegal drug trade as jobs in agriculture and timber have dried up.

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

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    Please continue discussion here..
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    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    Thank you, Harmony 2!

    Here's the latest Timeline:

    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.
    <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

    Fredericka Wagner and 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


    10 days prior to murders: A Facebook threat is made by a teen saying he will "Go up to Union Hill and

    take them all out"

    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


    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

    Bodies found at 3122 UHR: Dana, Hanna Rhoden, Chris Rhoden Jr.
    Bodies found at 4077 UHR: Chris Sr. and Gary (3 GSW to head)
    Bodies found at 4199 URH: Frankie and Hannah Hazel Gilley
    Body found near 799 LFR: Kenneth Rhoden (1 GSW to head)

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

    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


    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


    Audio of call

    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


    Kenny Rhoden (cousin) calls 911 in Greenup Co, KY stating he is being chased by a green Chrysler in South Shore, KY.

    Businessman Jeff Ruby offers $25,000 reward

    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


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

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    Businessman Jeff Ruby withdraws his reward of $25,000. News reports say he was advised not to discuss the withdrawal

    Saturday, April 30, 2016 - Funeral for Hannah Gilley in Ottway, OH


    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


    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.


    Friday, May 25, 2016

    PCSO/BCI conducts a video interview of Jake Wagner



    Friday, May 27, 2016

    Death certificates released to news media


    Times of death :

    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


    Tuesday, July, 26, 2016

    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.


    Friday, September 9, 2016

    PCSO/BCI conducts an audio interview with George Wagner III


    Friday, September 23, 2016

    Ohio AG releases heavily redacted final 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


    Friday, 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/t...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


    June 19, 2017

    AG DeWine and Sheriff Reader make public appeal for information about Wagner family


    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    Ohio Supreme Court rules against newspapers in lawsuit to release unredacted final autopsy reports



    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


    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


    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    Investigators gathered the final piece of evidence – a silencer


    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Lab experts completed examination of the silencer


    Monday, November 12, 2018

    Grand Jury hands down murder charges against 5 Wagner family members and Rita Jo Newcomb


    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.

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  6. Cool Cats

    Cool Cats Well-Known Member

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    @IQuestion.....You said this in one of your posts and I find it interesting, it caught my attention:
    The finding of the silencer parts, just happened to
    coincide with GW4 coming back to Ohio for a Change of Visitation hearing for his son. I believe he came alone and he was the one who told LE where the items could be found in order to save his "own bottom."
    How would this help him?
    What gain is there for him to turn over evidence that got them all arrested?


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  7. Betty P

    Betty P Well-Known Member

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    Maybe it was for the usual reasons - he thought LE would be arresting the family soon and wanted to cut a deal. JMO, I'm not sure GW4 was the one who squealed, but if so..
  8. Off topic - my younger, dumber brother is serving time in Walla Walla for armed robbery, anyways he and his celly were waiting in line to return to their cell one day when a group of prison guards were transporting Gary Ridgeway somewhere, just as they were passing my brother, his celly all of a sudden sprung forward and tackled Gary Ridgeway he got a couple good swings in before the prison guards wrestled him off. Guess Ridgeway was so scared he wet his pants. He most definitely deserves the death penalty in my opinion.
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  9. Ann99

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    Putting out the timeline to include all known events is very very helpful. Thank you for this.

    My thoughts on this scenario. Pure supposition. Pls delete if improper.

    I don’t believe GW4 purposely told LE anything. But I do think he gave the info away.

    If finding of silencer parts
    (if found in a well on property previously owned by JW on Peterson Road)
    happened to coincide with GW4 return to Ohio, perhaps GW4 was being closely observed or monitored ( through *various methods) by LE during that return to Ohio. Perhaps GW4 made a casual trip over to Peterson Road to stroll through the property to see if the well had been discovered or disturbed. Thus giving away the location.

    *Speculating on the various methods, did he drive? Maybe GPS on Vehicle - its been done before.
    Drone observation
    Cameras on Peterson Road property
    Follow pings of GW4 cell phone
    Old fashioned basic following GW4 by a few LE
    Add to this list if you think it’s possible he was observed in some way

    I can’t believe LE did not seize upon a chance to keep a member of the Wagner Family under laser focus, close observation upon a return to the area. I also can’t believe GE4 would be able to resist the urge to check the location of the most valuable piece of evidence to ease his guilty mind.
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  10. Dudly

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    This first line is rather inaccurate. How did this come to be the first lines on this thread?
    "George Wagner is accused of killing a family of 8 living on a pot farm in Pike County OH. While first thought to be drug related the killings now could be the result of a custody battle. 3 other members of the Wagner family have been arrested as well. So many twists and turns and Websleuths members are on top of every single thing that happens in the shocking case."
  11. IceIce9

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    Agree! And not all 8 victims lived in the same place. And the “pot farm” is a small part of the situation.
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  12. IQuestion

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    ANNE99 bbm That is some brilliant thinking! (The classic returning to the scene of the crime scenario?) If you don't mind one more of my "what could have happened" thoughts, "While being followed, he discarded an eating utensil and his DNA was retrieved and tested, too?" Until he was "laser focused by DeWine" why would anyone have thought he was involved in the murder, anyway? He already had everything, right? He may be "vocal" but maybe he is really a "nonstarter or non-achieving also ran" who talks big only when he has access to a weapon?
    More very recent info on how DNA centers are working with FBI....
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    SEATTLE85 Ridgeway is a waste of air and the most evil thing on the face of this earth! But his DNA was the most important evidence. And, a lot of people are unaware of this FACT: His daughter's DNA from her pap test, was used to narrow down his capture!! Without her consent....or knowledge. ( incredible but TRUE!)
    BTK Killer's Daughter's DNA Helped Catch Him | PEOPLE.com
  14. He's the very definition of coward, in my eyes the Wagner's are no better.
  15. Sleuthinsleuther

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    Next court hearing a month and a half away people....
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  16. ab01

    ab01 Ooh Rah

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    I think you are confusing Gary Ridgeway with Dennis Rader. Dennis Rader was BTK not Ridgeway
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  17. Puzzles8

    Puzzles8 Exonerated Mountain Lion

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    Ann99 and IQ, you are an amazing team!!
    I think that might be exactly what happened!
    Good Job!!!
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  18. IType

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    If I understand the timeline correctly, he remained in Alaska for a while after his family returned to Ohio. Maybe he had an attack of conscience after some time to himself, away from his family's influence (??). Just a thought, JMO.

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  19. IQuestion

    IQuestion Well-Known Member

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    AB01 Sadly, you are absolutely correct....I had them confused. (Not sad that you are right btw, just sad that two actually exist.) Geesh.... First choice, Serial Killer "R" or second choice, Serial Killer "R. What is the world coming to? Seriously! (It makes me so sad to think about it..... two monsters!) I don't want to look at their faces or read about them. (because they should both be dead.)
  20. Cool Cats

    Cool Cats Well-Known Member

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    No chance. Sorry. Miracles do happen but not until he's sentenced to death. Then maybe he'll have regrets other than being caught.

    He was the most vocal about taking revenge on Reader, DeWine, Special Agent Shider, and anyone else who would go against them.

    That sounds like someone who is thinking about committing MORE murder, not someone who had an attack of conscience.

    Welcome to Websleuths! Thankx! I needed to see that Bible Verse.
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