Family wanted for questioning in connection to 'execution-style' Ohio killings may be in Alaska

Published: Jun. 19, 2017 at 7:40 PM AKDT
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Update - Tuesday, 12:41 p.m.:

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is asking for the public's assistance as detectives - investigating a mass killing in Ohio - look to talk with a family that is believed to be living in Alaska.

In connection to the

, Ohio authorities want to speak with:

-- George "Billy" Wagner III, 46

-- Angela Wagner, 46

-- George Wagner IV, 25

-- Edward "Jake" Wagner, 24

A Kenai-area man, Brad Conklin, said the Wagners recently moved in nearby. He stopped by to warn them of bears in the area, he said.

"Monday morning when I drove by, I see them putting out kids toys and actually I'm gonna let 'em know that we do have bear in this area and to watch their kids," Conklin said. "I just struck up a conversation with em saying 'hi welcome to the neighborhood' and no big deal and 9 o'clock comes around and I see that their faces are plastered all over Facebook."

Conklin said he spoke to Jake and Bill.

After they were alerted about bears in the area, Conklin said Jake told him they had a 12-gauge shotgun.

"He said that he was gonna go out and get some decent shotgun shells for it 'cause that's all they have is a shotgun," Conklin said.

Conklin said the Wagners told him they moved to Alaska from Ohio looking for work.

"They said that they moved up here from Ohio, but they didn't say anything why that they just wanted to start a new life there just wasn't more jobs down there, there just wasn't any work."

The Wagners, Conklin said, were looking for any type of heavy equipment, diesel mechanic operators or even truck driving jobs since they both had their CDLs.

The Ohio Attorney General writes:

"Investigators are interested in receiving information regarding 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."

Alaska State Troopers have asked that Alaskans with information about the investigation call Ohio investigators at (855) 224-6446, rather than troopers.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader is also asking for the public's help. The Rhoden family lived in Pike County at the time of the murders.

The Anchorage Police Department says it is not taking calls about the Ohio homicide investigation. It says the department has been inundated with 911 calls but that "APD is not involved in the investigation."

APD instead urges people to contact the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations.