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. Kamahana

    Still My comment is on news quality. Which i would barely Call This news- that many people would be hard To hide if they were alive- This bulletin was a No Brainer- its insensitive and lacks of quality per definition of The word news itself- i can see how some Have become accustomed To low quality news reporting- i mean it has such a large market evidently...

    November 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone

      Lets make this simple.

      1. Your opinion about what is 'news' worthy is entirely subjective. I don't know why that is so hard for people to understand that but it always seems to need reminding.
      2. News has always been reported as it arrives, especially in a criminal matter. Unless there is a leak the family is always informed well ahead of the public. Insensitive would be if the opposite happened.
      3. Just because you claim something is obvious (in this case the outcome), so what? The details are as important as the overview.
      4. You're pretty much complaining to yourself. If you want to report the news a week or years after things are settled and all the facts are in then start your own company.

      November 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |

    I'M THINKIN OJ MUSTA DONE IT, just like all you white folks always blame the BLACK GUY

    November 18, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. buck

    I think the tipster/police work that led them to her deserves some props. She could have been in that basement a long time. Some people are truly evil.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GAPeach

    My prayers are with Sarah! I hope she gets the support she will need to get her through this.
    RIP to the family!

    November 18, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    God is amazing. He provides for everyones hardships. Yall complainers need to shut ur mouths and be grateful that the girl is still alive and that they actuallly have someone in custody. The devil is the cause of all evil, not God.

    November 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. homebound

    gotta love the iNet trolls. dont feed the idiots please, it just gives them a reason to continue to troll these comment sections.

    for those who belittle and use this article to further your sick demented same as the guy who did this crime mentality....

    take a step away from the key board and read what you post as if you were your mother, or sister. now how funny are your childish trollings for lulz comments?

    now as you sit there and realize how unfunny comments like "pelosi did it" and " this aint news its a cnn blurb" really look to the rest of normal well adjusted citizens.....

    now sit there and realize your comments on THIS and other sensitive emotional stories involving children and women and extreme violence look to the rest of us normal people.

    people ask whats wrong with america? whats wrong with people who have no consideration and respect for their fellow man? its evident on the comments from trolls. they just were never taught proper manners and respect for others, its all about" me me m e and how i can make myself feel wanted and have people pay attention to me..!"

    i blame parents it all starts at home, bad apples NEVER fall far from the tree right? i would say anyone who trolls stories like this just for personal satisfaction is no better then the animal who commited the horriffic and sad crime.

    my condolance to the two familes affected directly by this event. and my PRAYERS go out to the community as well, such a tragic occurance so close to the family holidays. take a lesson from this event folks of america and the world....

    hug your loved ones tightly this season, give thanks as you wish to whom you wish for all you have and hold dear.

    and for the sake of everyone else who follows.....

    please stop acting like total d bags and silly out of control children, have a little common sense and respect for others trials and tribulations. go find articles that deserve derision and dis respect like the rangel article or the article about gm and its ridiculously high opening stock prices, virtually guarenteeing that no regular americans can invest in our own car companiy, just foreign banks and huge investment firms.

    those articles deserve a good trolling, personal articles concerning violence twords children and women but sick twisted perverted animals deserve everyones attention and respect.

    now a moment of silence for those lost and those remaining please.........

    November 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Brieske

    Moose. When a sheriff announces the suspect provided the location of bodies that means the sheriff is preparing people for the plea agreement that has been made. The District Attorney has made a deal. The death penalty has been removed and he will get life.
    If they had totured the monster till he talked then the sheriff would have said, good detective work led to their discovery. Then Matthew Hoffman, if it were up to me, would have received a hanging followed by electrocution, then a lethal injection while he is tied to a pole to be shot afterward by a firing squad. Of course all this would be televised live.
    We must end this madness and start fighting fire with fire. This man is absolutely guilty.
    We must stop allowing these monsters to do this. We allow it by not making the penalty sufficient enough to fear. They don't believe in God. So let's publicly send them to God immediately after death sentencing in a humiliating way.
    It's obvious our deterrant of 15 years of watching television is not working.

    November 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Laurie

    This kind of evil should not be allowed to exist!
    If he admitted to doing trial...just hang him!!!

    November 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hova

    Disgusting. Why hasn't this monster been killed yet? Make it a painful death, to set an example to the rest of psychos still lurking around our communities'.

    November 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. drstrangelove

    borders hired this guy because he knew hoffman was a nutcase. i've provided this info to my state's crimline and nothing so far. the evidence is there. just look for it.

    November 18, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rob K

    Here, here to SlowYourRoll : Most of you trollers and TV CSI folks were freaking out about an adult gay blogger's 'junk' getting molested up til now, and many are now speaking up to second guess or yell kill! kill! kill! This wasn't out of the media the whole time – YOU tuned it out, Mr/Ms Righteous.

    November 19, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  12. shay

    Man i'm sorry to say i belong to the human race reading most all of what you wrote out here and i think it was lone who said it best .... God bless the family and sarah may she not have to read any of this stupid whining about how her mom and brother were killed because she already seen it!!

    November 19, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. shay

    All this bashing damn glad i don't know any of these people!! God bless the family and sarah she aleeady watched her mother and brother die by the hands of a freak and then the hell she went thru i sure hope she doesn't read any of these asses out here.......

    November 19, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. respect

    It is ashame that this little girl have been though so much and hoffman no what has happen and who killed the others

    November 19, 2010 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. KiyaPooh

    WOW I had that terrible feeling when I first heard the story. Just didn't sit right with me I'm glad there was a surviver my heart goes out to hurt to loose ur family in such a hideous act. I dnt understand why this sick person would just take live of innocent people. He needs the death penalty immediately. As for Sarah I pray she can heal God be with her. This is why I don't trust ppl period u neva know what their capable of until the worst happen.

    November 19, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
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