The family didn't stay long, Cinereski told the Dayton Daily News on Tuesday.
“They were trying to run from the story so they could live a normal life, but everywhere they went it wasn’t normal,” he said, calling the Wagners “just a down-to-Earth, good wholesome family."
“These people wept over dogs, I can’t imagine them taking people’s lives,” he said when told of the charges. “If they did it, I hope they get tried to the max. If they didn’t, I hope they get pleaded.”
An attorney for the Wagners said Tuesday the family looks forward to its day in court to vindicate their names. The attorney said the family also looks forward to the capture of the real culprits, though DeWine has said no other suspects exist.
Brad Conklin, of Kenai, told News Center 7's affiliate station in Alaska that the Wagners had "pretty much kept to themselves" before leaving Alaska in May.
Last year, Conklin told station KTVA the Wagners seemed "like a normal family trying to make a living." But on Tuesday, he was surprised to learn of the arrests.
"... Anybody can lie anymore," Conklin wrote in a text message. "It's a crazy world we live in today."
The peninsula is a fisherman’s paradise. The Kenai River, which winds through the peninsula, is the state’s most heavily fished river and is filled with salmon, trout and pike. Fishing and hunting appear to be Wagner family pastimes, as Jake, George III and Angela each possessed either Ohio hunting or fishing licenses over the past decade.
While rural, the borough is more affluent than much of southern Ohio. Unemployment is lower on the peninsula. Census data show the median household income is $63,684 compared to $42,778 in Adams County, Ohio, where the family lived.