He said the Wagners were known for having a nice farm and real estate, and “nothing really bad was ever said around here about them.”
Saundra Ford, a co-worker of victim Dana Rhoden, said they have been “all on pins and needles” waiting for an arrest.
She said the community’s attention turned to the Wagners when they moved to Alaska last year.
“The minute they left town everybody started speculating,” she said.
But while the community is feeling relief, it may be a while before they get closure, according to Matt Lucas, managing editor, Pike County News Watchman.
“Everybody kind of wondered if the day would ever come when they would make any arrests,” he said, noting what is to follow is possibly years of legal proceedings that will be hard on the victims’ family and friends.
“The process is just beginning and it’s not over by a long stretch,” he said.
“Something has happened. There’s movement on the case,” Lucas said. “But it’s in the early stages as far as closure.”