Ms. Wilck made a living overseeing the farm’s kennel and helping prepare tax documents, Lieutenant Cornelius said.
Investigators spoke to Mr. Jones and Mr. Wilck and did not find a connection to the killings, according to an Ohio law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is still active. The Pike County prosecutor did not return several calls.
Fredericka Wagner, who faced a charge of lying to a grand jury in the case that was later dropped, said in a brief interview, “I don’t even know where Lucy is.” (Not far: Ms. Wilck started a mastiff-breeding business nearby last year, state records show. She did not respond to a message seeking comment.)
“Bob didn’t work here,” she added, using Mr. Jones’s alias.
Mr. Jones, a bookkeeper by trade, did not have a traditional job. He ran errands and was a fixture at two local flea markets.
At one, the 23 Southbound Flea Market in Piketon, he would show up most weekends, pay $10 to $12 to hold down two outdoor spaces and lay out a changing array of motley goods, said Abby Montgomery, the manager.
“Some days he’d have fans, and some days he’d have buckets of golf balls,” Ms. Montgomery said. “He almost always had golf balls.”
She said Mr. Jones was “honestly one of the nicest outside vendors” she dealt with, routinely seeking her out to pay his fee when she did not stop to collect it. Ms. Wilck, by contrast, was “a little grumpy,” Ms. Montgomery said.