Rhoden family

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Ohio's attorney general has given a down payment to officials in Pike County to help them prosecute the people accused of murdering eight members of one family in 2016. And the state is promising to help with more money in the high-profile case. 

Ohio Attorney General's Office

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office says his office is doing something it doesn’t normally do: It's asking the public for specific information in connection to the murders of eight Piketon residents a year ago.

DeWine admits it's unusual, but he's asking people for information about the Wagner family - George “Billy” Wagner III, Angela Wagner, George Wagner IV and Edward “Jake” Wagner, 24. DeWine says they used to live in Pike County but are now in Alaska.

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It’s been a year since eight members of a rural Pike County family – ages 16 to 44 – were found murdered at four locations southwest of Piketon. No one has been charged and officials acknowledge fear among locals might hinder solving the case.

The one-year-anniversary of the murders of eight members of a Pike County family is approaching.  the Pike County’s sheriff joined Ohio’s attorney general today to provide an update on the on-going investigation. 

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It’s been five months since eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County were killed while sleeping in their beds. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine says his team is getting leads as it investigates the execution-style murders. And he is appealing to people who he says know more about the crime.

“You can call it a warning. You can call it stating the facts. But if I knew something about what happened in that murder, and I had not told police, now would be a really good time to come forward to do it.”

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Law enforcement officials said Sunday that marijuana plots have been found at several locations near where eight members of a southern Ohio family were killed execution-style.

For Ohio Public Radio,  WOSU's Sam Hendren reports that the state attorney general says he believes the murder investigations will be “a very lengthy process.”