Attorney General details motive, effort to solve Pike County murders

Attorney General Mike DeWine said the investigation in the Rhoden murders was like putting together a puzzle and that eventually a picture of who committed the crimes came into focus. (WSYX/WTTE)

Outgoing Attorney General Mike DeWine said the investigation in the Rhoden murders was like putting together a puzzle and that eventually a picture of who committed the crimes came into focus.

"It's literally like putting a puzzle together, you put one piece there, one piece there, one piece there," he said "At some point you start to see a picture emerge."

DeWine sat down with ABC 6 to discuss the investigation. He wouldn't reveal much about a motive, but said it had to do with the child that one of the alleged killers, Jake Wagner, had with Hannah Rhoden, one of the eight victims. The child was three years old at the time of the killings.

"There was a real obsession about child custody," among the Wagner clan, DeWine said.

DeWine said over 100 staffers from his office worked the case, some from start-to-finish. He called it the most extensive investigation in the history of his office. DeWine said even though the case took a long time, he never considered giving up or considering the case unsolvable.

"We owed this to the people of Pike County, we owed this to the victims, we owed this to the families of the victims," he said.

At least two of the six Wagner family members arrested Tuesday are expected to be in court on Thursday for arraignments.

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