Knox County, OH: The Bodies of Missing Stephanie Sprang, Tina Herrmann & Kody Maynard Found

November 18, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Terrible news from Knox County, Ohio … three bodies discovered in Ohio. 

The bodies of missing Stephanie Sprang, Tina Herrmann & Kody Maynard have been found. The remains of the three were located in a wooded area inside of garbage bags in a hollow tree as a result of information provided by Matthew Hoffman. Hoffman had previously been arrested on kidnapping charges, when 13 year old Sarah Maynard was found tied up inside his home.

Kody Maynard, 10, Tina Herrmann, 32, and family friend Stephanie Sprang, 41

 ”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.”

Late Wednesday night articles of clothing were located. The incident began on when the four, Tina Herrmann, Sarah Maynard, Kody Maynard, and Stephanie Sprang mysteriously went missing on 11/10/2010. However, on Thursday the body of the three missing people were discovered in a tree in a wooded area.  

Barber said police had to cut into the tree to remove the three bodies. He said the victims were all wearing the same clothes they had last been seen in on Nov. 10. Barber suggested that Hoffman had hollowed out the tree himself saying, “Hoffman has worked as tree trimmer.”

Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher said Hoffman would likely be brought up on additional charges, but could not specify what they would be.

More on this bizarre case can be read at Scared Monkeys.net Missing Person & True Crime Forum.

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Missing 13 Year Old Sarah Maynard Found Safe, One Arrest Made … Stephanie Sprang, Tina Herrmann & Kody Maynard Still Missing

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

13 year old Sarah Maynard who has been missing since November 10, 2010 was found safe found safe inside a Columbus Road home in Mount Vernon, OH. She has been taken to the hospital for an evaluation. According to reports, one person was taken into custody by police and charged with kidnapping. 30 year old Matthew Hoffman was arrested at his home that is approximately 10 miles from Tina Herrmann’s home.

Sarah Maynard Found Safe

A 13-year-old girl who was missing with three other people was found safe on Sunday morning.

Sarah Maynard was last seen on Wednesday.  Sources told 10TV News that the girl was found safe inside a Columbus Road home in Mount Vernon.

Maynard was taken to Knox Community Hospital for evaluation, 10TV News reported.

UPDATE I: SWAT team found Sarah Maynard bound and gagged in the basement of a home in Mount Vernon, Ohio

A SWAT team found Sarah Maynard bound and gagged in the basement of a home in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said at a news conference today.

The man who lives in the house, 30-year-old Matthew Hoffman was arrested and charged with kidnapping, Barber said.

Maynard was taken to Knox Community Hospital for evaluation, the sheriff said.

“She was being held against her will,” Barber said. “She is in good in good condition.”

Matthew J. Hoffman has been charged with Sarah Maynard’s kidnapping.

Sheriff Barber said Hoffman  listed two residences.  One was at 49 Columbus Road where Sarah was found.   The second was at 3730 Apple Valley Drive.

The second address is a home owned by Hoffman’s parents and is within walking distance to the home from which the four people were reported missing last Wednesday.

Today’s events began when The Mount Vernon News reported law enforcement officers forced entry into the home on Columbus Street around 7:45 a.m.

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Mom Tina Herrmann, Children Sarah Maynard & Kody Maynard, and Friend Stephanie Sprang Missing in Ohio Since 11/10/2010

November 14, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

What happened to the 4 missing individuals in a rural Ohio town?

32 year old Tina Herrmann, her 41 year old friend Stephanie Sprang, and Herrmann’s 13 year-old daughter Sarah Maynard, and 10 year-old son Kody Maynard have been missing since Wednesday, November 10, 2010. The search continues for the four who have vansihed without a trace.

  • Sarah M. Maynard is 5 feet tall, weighing 90 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes.
  • Kody A. Maynard was described as 4 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 70 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
  • Sprang is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes.
  • Herrmann was described as 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 122 pounds, with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes.

 

Missing: Stephanie Sprang (top lft), Tina Herrmann (top rt), Kody Maynard (bottom lft) and Sarah Maynard (bottom rt)

Tina Herrmann failed to show up to work at a Dairy Queen in Mount Vernon, Ohio on Wednesday; however, the children were in school Wednesday, but not Thursday. Police went to the home  Herrmann on Wednesday and saw her pickup truck in the yard, some light was on; however, no one answered the door. On Thursday, the manager of the Dairy Queen entered the home on Thursday and discovered blood and some things out of place. The blood was referred to an an“unsual” amount of blood. Investigators are testing samples the blood discovered.

The sheriff described their disappearance as a missing persons case.

“Detectives are interviewing family members, friends and acquaintances,” Barber told CNN affiliate WBNS on Saturday. “Right now, there is no indication that they were abducted.”

Herrmann failed to report to work at a Dairy Queen in Mount Vernon, in central Ohio, on Wednesday. A deputy came twice to the house and saw Herrmann’s pickup truck. Lights were on in the house, but no one answered the door, Barber said.

“There were no signs of anything out of place,” he said.

A Dairy Queen manager entered the home on Thursday and discovered the blood.

“There is blood in the house. There is a sign of injury to a person or persons,” Barber said Friday.

 

 On Thursday, Herrmann’s pick up truck discovered Thursday night near Kenyon College in Gambier, OH which prompted a college lockdown. Police alerted the college that there might be a dangerous person in the area who might have left the vehicle of the 4 missing persons. The college lifted the lock down on Friday.

What would cause four people to simply disappear at what seems to be separate times? Tina Herrmann’s ex-boyfriend, Greg Borders, stated that the couple lived together but were in the process of breaking up … RUT-ROH! Borders said, We were fairly civil, as civil as you can be living in the same house when you’re broken up.” Um, “AS CIVIL AS YOU CAN BE”? That is hardly a good sign.

Herrmann’s boyfriend Greg Borders told the Columbus Dispatch that the couple lived together but were in process of breaking up. He last said he last heard from her Wednesday via text message.

“We were both going to go our separate ways,” he told the paper “We were fairly civil, as civil as you can be living in the same house when you’re broken up.”

What are the odds that the initial crime took place after the children had went to school on Wednesday and they came home and walked into the middle of the cover up of the crime? The fact that Herrmann’s pick up was located would indicate that they are not on the run. If this crime was committed by a stranger, why the need to move the vehicle?

For more information, updates and to provide your own opinions, go to Scared Monkeys.net Missing Persons Forum.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of the missing persons or information regarding the case, please call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 740-397-3333.

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Maynard campaign defends ad

October 13, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

A spokesman for West Virginia candidate Spike Maynard, Matt Dabrowski, emails in defense of Maynard’s new ad:

Nick Rahall has a pattern of supporting and associating without-of-the-mainstream elements on the Mideast peace issue. If you look at Rahall’s record, the Alamoudi donation is merely the most flagrant instance of this pattern.

Whether it be accepting money from radical sources, visiting Yasser Arafat on multiple occasions, speaking to the Saddam-controlled Iraqi parliament in opposition to the Iraq War, voting against Israel’s right to defend itself, or voting against military assistance to America’s allies in the region, Nick Rahall’s record is outside the mainstream of American opinion on the Mideast issue. I don’t think any neutral observer would consider Rahall’s record "mainstream," and West Virginians have the right to debate that record.

Middle East peace, this year as always, a major voting issue in West Virginia.





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