Pictured, people in laser focus of multiple murder hunt

They are like any other family with their Friday night shopping trips to Walmart and the Sunday morning church gathering when they come together as part of the local community.

But for the Wagner family, the stark reality could not be more different as they settle down in their new home after a 4,000-mile exodus by road to pastures new.

This is the family that police believe hold the key in helping solve the slayings of eight people in one of America's biggest murder mysteries, although they deny any wrongdoing.

George 'Billy' Wagner, his wife, sons and grandchildren have fled their Ohio hometown and crossed land and water to reach Alaska, escaping the watchful eyes of detectives investigating the murders back in Piketon which took place last spring.

George 'Billy' Wagner (left) and son Edward 'Jake' Wagner (right) were spotted heading to Walmart in Alaska. Police believe the family holds the key in helping solve the slayings of eight people in Piketon, Ohio

George 'Billy' Wagner (left) and son Edward 'Jake' Wagner (right) were spotted heading to Walmart in Alaska. Police believe the family holds the key in helping solve the slayings of eight people in Piketon, Ohio

Edward, Angela and George Wagner  were detained several times on state boundaries before starting anew in the small town of Kenei, Alaska

Edward, Angela and George Wagner IV were detained several times on state boundaries before starting anew in the small town of Kenei, Alaska

Edward 'Jake' Wagner appeared to carry daughter Sophia as the family avoids detectives 4,000 miles away from the murders. Sophia's mother Hanna May Rhoden was killed with seven other family members

Edward 'Jake' Wagner appeared to carry daughter Sophia as the family avoids detectives 4,000 miles away from the murders. Sophia's mother Hanna May Rhoden was killed with seven other family members

The Wagners drove from Ohio in three trucks with trailers and communicated with CB radios. Currently, they are trying to blend in with the small community of 7,000

When the family was leaving Ohio, they were detained for several times on state boundaries for hours of questions on their way to a new life in Kenai 

When the family was leaving Ohio, they were detained for several times on state boundaries for hours of questions on their way to a new life in Kenai 

It can be revealed they were detained several times on state boundaries and the US border with Canada, in one case for 12 hours, as they were questioned about their journey, background and future plans by officials.

But they said they had to flee after receiving death threats and becoming fed up with the rumor mill that had engulfed their old home town in Ohio.

DailyMail.com traced the family of six to their hideaway, tucked away from a busy road and among woodland where grizzly bears are known to roam.

The Wagners insist they are innocent and claim they are being turned into 'scapegoats' by police, demanding that cops turn their focus instead onto finding the real killers of the Rhoden family.

Police, anxious for a breakthrough, appealed a fortnight ago for public help with determining the background to the Wagner's life and their contacts after the gangland-style executions.

They, particularly, are seeking information on any guns, ammunition and vehicles connected to the Wagners, whose sudden exodus surprised police after they sold their 71-acre land, upped and left.

The family had been living in a red painted ranch house in Peterson Road, Peebles, Ohio, about a 15-minute drive from the Rhoden family home.

It has been searched several times by detectives and the Wagners had agreed to be interviewed by cops, handing over their lap tops and other possessions.

But as police inquiries continue the departure of the Wagners increased pressure on the police team to bring their investigations to a conclusion.

Police have not gone on record to state the Wagners are suspects but their public information appeal led to them being labeled as persons of 'special focus.'

A Piketon police spokesperson said officers were 'interested in receiving information regarding any interactions, conversations, dealings, or transactions that the public may have had with these individuals (Wagners), which could be personal, business, or otherwise. Specifically information… regarding vehicles, firearms, and ammunition.'

The slayings of the Rhoden family have led to the biggest murder investigation in the state of Ohio's history with initially more than 200 detectives on the case.

Each victim was blasted in their beds as they slept and police have delved into possible drug cartel involvement and revealed they found evidence of marijuana growth and illegal cockfighting.

Little else has been revealed by police but in the days after the murder, DailyMail.com exclusively disclosed that one of the victims, shot dead with a single bullet to the head, had dollar notes scattered around his feet as a sinister message from the killers.

The murders of of the Rhoden family have led to the biggest murder investigation in the state of Ohio's history. The Wagner family claims they are innocent

The murders of of the Rhoden family have led to the biggest murder investigation in the state of Ohio's history. The Wagner family claims they are innocent

Husband-to-be Clarence 'Frankie' Rhoden and his fiancee Hannah Hazel Gilley, both 20, were among those killed

Husband-to-be Clarence 'Frankie' Rhoden and his fiancee Hannah Hazel Gilley, both 20, were among those killed

Christopher Roden Jr., 16, was the victim of an apparent road-rage attack for which a local woman was sentenced to probation two day before the murders

Hanna May Rhoden was also killed

Christopher Roden Jr. (left), 16, was the victim of an apparent road-rage attack for which a local woman was sentenced to probation two days before the murders. Edward 'Jake' Wagner's ex Hanna May Rhoden, 19,  (right) was also killed

Police investigated a Facebook threat that was directed at Christopher Rhoden Jr, 16. He and his mother Dana Rhoden were killed along with six other relatives

Her ex-husband Christopher Rhoden Sr was also killed

Police investigated a Facebook threat that was directed at Christopher Rhoden Jr, 16. He and his mother Dana Rhoden, 37, (left) were killed along with six other relatives - including her ex-husband Christopher Rhoden Sr, 40 (right)

Kenneth Rhoden was murdered execution-style - with a single shot to the head

Gary Rhoden (right) was also killed

Kenneth Rhoden, 44, (pictured) was murdered execution-style -with a single shot to the head. His cousin found his body with dollar bills strewn from his knees to his feet. Gary Rhoden, 38, (right) was also killed

Dana Rhoden (back row, left) was murdered but the killer spared grandchildren (left to right) Brentley Rhoden, Ruger Lee and Sophia Wagner. The Wagners insist they are innocent and claim they are being turned into 'scapegoats' by police

Dana Rhoden (back row, left) was murdered but the killer spared grandchildren (left to right) Brentley Rhoden, Ruger Lee and Sophia Wagner. The Wagners insist they are innocent and claim they are being turned into 'scapegoats' by police

One of those shot dead was Hanna Rhoden, 19, former girlfriend of Jake Wagner, 24, who has traveled with his family to the remote region of Kenai, Alaska.

He had a two-year-old daughter with Hanna called Sophia who he had been involved in a custody battle with.

Unusually, he collected his daughter the day before the massacre from her mother instead of the usual agreed Friday.

It was on the Friday that assassins struck in the early hours in Piketon, Ohio on April 22, 2016.

Hanna's father Christopher Rhoden, 40, her mother Dana, 37, her brothers Clarence Rhoden, 20, and Christopher Rhoden Jr, 16 were also shot dead.

Frankie Rhoden's fiancee, Hannah Gilley, 20, a

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