November 18th, 2010
05:28 PM ET

Remains found of missing Ohio women, boy

The week-long search for an Ohio woman, her 10-year-old son and a family
friend has ended with the discovery of their remains, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said Thursday.

The bodies of Tina Herrmann, 32, her son, Kody Maynard and friend, Stephanie Sprang, 41, were found in garbage bags in a hollow tree near Frederickton, Ohio, Barber told reporters.

The three went missing last Wednesday, along with Herrmann's 13-year-old daughter, Sarah Maynard, who was found bound and gagged in a basement over the weekend.

The owner of the residence, Matthew Hoffman, 30, was arrested on suspicion of abducting her. Hoffman provided authorities with information that led to their bodies, Barber said.

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  1. Connor

    They deserved something so much better. For crying out loud the boy was 10. What a sick person who did this.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gypsyv

    how incredibly horribly sad for the family and especially for the daughter. I wish her the strength she will need to deal with this tragedy.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. johnnybgood

    Con queso?

    November 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kevin

    a mother in pakistan will be executed in the next few days for be littling the muslim prophet while this dude will be put in prison living off tax payers money for 10-15 years (until he is finally executed) for murdering 3 people and probably raping the other.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jubalee27

    a part of me was hoping that they were still alive since they found the daughter.... 🙁 damn damn damn / whats going on these days, seems like all the crazy psycopaths are all creeping out ....
    Did you hear about the 17 year old in Iowa who killed 2 gas station clerks, even after they gave him the money and ciggaretts he demanded?? its just sickning..
    Prayers go out to the Ohio family... Hang in there

    November 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeepers

    So sad.

    November 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe

    Why do people insist on murdering others? Why?

    November 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      You can't reason it out in a normal frame of mind. Even the murderer would have a hard time describing it.

      November 18, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. STLgirl

    My thoughts go out to Sarah and her family.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael M Boucher

    I suspect the authorities offered him a deal. No death penalty if you tell us where the bodies are. I believe the Chinese have it right, a bullet to the back of the head. No point spending any more money on a show trial that serves no purpose or a jail sentence for this human filth.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    According to Hoffman's neighbors he was wierd which leads me to believe he stalked these people like a crazed rabbid animal before killing them. He deserves no mercy.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brianc

    What the hell is wrong with people?

    November 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shelly

    The local news from Knox Cty said that they were told by Hoffmann that the bodies were in a garbage bad in a hollowed out tree. That area was already seached, but not said tree.
    Check this link for the WHOLE story:
    http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2010/nov/18/34/bodies-missing-boy-women-found-ar-295449/

    November 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kenny

    "Hoffman provided authorities with information that led to their bodies." So does this also mean he has provided information that will lead to him being charged with and put on trial for their deaths? With the way our system of justice is working right now, I wonder.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Davia

    Michael
    I agree with you. When and why did America become a such a safe place for these people ? We have created so many problems by having such a laxed system. I know of people who don't mind prison because they are provided with so much. Why ? I know of one person who almost killed a family drunk driving and his jail cell was like a mini apartment with cable TV, fridge , stereo, and what ever else he wanted. Again When and Why do live in a society that caters to criminals?

    November 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kamahana

    Hooray again for team sherlock- i still dont consider it news, breaking Or Not, if its Not imformative. It is rather disrespectfull and insensitive To offer such incomplete info- Not Just now but throughout This tragedy. So read My comment more carefully before You jump on The "breaking news"
    Bandwagon- i guess what im saying is that this is hardley 'news.' that much ppl missing for this long- its a no brainer. The point u r attacking is Not Mine At all- Good going sherlock...

    November 18, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
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