Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Mother, Friend and 2 Children Vanished From Ohio: FOUND

Tina Herrmann and Stephanie Sprang, along with two of Herrmann's children, Kody and Sarah Maynard,  remain missing from the small Ohio town of Howard in Knox County.

When Tina Herrmann didn't report for work for two days, a co-worker went to the home to check on her as her boyfriend reported her missing.  Investigators say an unusual amount of blood was found inside the home, causing them to believe there is a possibility of foul play.

Herrmann's abandoned vehicle was found on the campus of Kenyon College and precipitated a precautionary  lockdown of the liberal arts college on the premise there may be someone dangerous on the campus.  Sprang's vehicle was found in the garage at Herrmann's home.

Investigations continue on the ground by several agencies hoping to connect the dots and find evidence that would lead to the discovery of where the four missing persons may be.  Investigators are in the process of constructing a timeline of events as well as focusing on the personal lives, as well as credit card and phone records of Herrmann and Sprang.  As of this writing no activity has appeared for either woman.

The amount of blood found in the home has authorities concerned:
"Someone was obviously injured in the house," Barber said. "The reason there is a focus on the blood is because there is an unusual about of blood in that house. It isn't from someone stubbing they're toe or cutting they're finger while peeling an apple."
 As friends and neighbors in the small town continue to cooperate and aid the search efforts, authorities are asking them to keep an optimistic attitude about the outcome and for anyone with information to come forth.

If you have information contact Knox County Sheriff's Office at (740) 397-3333.


November 14

Sarah Maynard,13, found bound and gagged in basement of home on Columbus Rd. belonging to 30 year old Matthew Hoffman, who was taken into custody.

November 15: 

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A sheriff says "there is a possibility" that three people still missing in central Ohio have been killed.

This police booking photo provided by the Knox County Sheriff, shows 30-year-old Matthew Hoffman in Mount Vernon, Ohio. 

Knox County Sheriff David Barber said at a news conference Monday that authorities still want to remain optimistic that 32-year-old Tina Herrmann, her 10-year-old son Kody and another woman, 41-year-old Stephanie Sprang, are still alive.

November 18, 2010

3 Bodies found in Ohio are kidnap rescue Sarah Maynard's missing mother, brother, friend

"Today this investigation took a major turn," he said. "We have discovered and recovered the remains of Kody Maynard, Stephanie Sprang, and Tina Herrmann."
Barber said the bodies were discovered "as a result of information provided by Matthew Hoffman" around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.
"The bodies were located in a wooded area inside of garbage bags in a hollow tree," he said. "One thing's for sure, is he's had some experience as a tree trimmer."
Prosecutor John C. Thatcher said he could not confirm if Hoffman had given a confession, but called the discovery "the saddest day in Knox County history."

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