WAVERLY, OH (AP) — A family who Ohio authorities have called the “special focus” of an investigation into the slayings of eight members of a different family say they are being harassed by the state attorney general’s office despite their cooperation.
The family’s attorney, John Kearson Clark, told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday that the four Wagner family members provided laptops, phones and DNA samples to investigators, and agreed to be interviewed about the Rhoden family slayings in Pike County in April 2016.
The Wagner family lived in Peebles, Ohio, at the time of the killings but recently moved to Alaska.
Kelly Cinereski, pastor at Resurrection Bay Baptist Church in Seward, Alaska, told the Daily News the Wagner family attended his son’s church Sunday a couple hours west in Kenai. The pastor has not seen them personally during the Wagners’ latest trip to the Alaska, but said the family brought trailers.
Angela Wagner said the family was provided copies of the search warrants, along with a list of items seized. But she said there was nothing on the warrant to indicate why authorities wanted to search a 71-acre farm in Peebles they had recently sold. Nor was there any indication why they wanted to look through a semi-tractor trailer loaded with their household items, she said. And she said it remains unclear why her in-law’s 2,000-acre farm in Pike County was raided or why the Franklin County SWAT team was called to assist in that search.