November 20th, 2010
04:21 PM ET

Coroner: Ohio women, boy fatally stabbed, dismembered

Preliminary autopsy results indicate that a missing Ohio woman, her son and friend were stabbed to death and dismembered last week, the Knox County Coroner’s Office said Saturday.

The remains of Tina Herrmann, 31, Kody Maynard, 11, and Stephanie Sprang, 41 were placed in garbage bags and lowered into the hollow of a tree in Kokosing Lake State Wildlife Area in Knox County, Ohio, where they were found Thursday.

Matthew Hoffman, who is accused of kidnapping Herrman’s daughter, allegedly directed authorities to their bodies.

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  1. shay

    May you rest in peace. I hope that guy will rott in jail!

    November 20, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Numbaoneballa

      This guy was am ex cop, so it comes as no surprise. The killer that is

      November 20, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. angie z

    I really hope this MONSTER gets what he deserves and to the poor girl that survie i hope she gets the help she needs and my prayers to her and her family

    November 20, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Name*kehinde

    gooosh!!!! in a county. this behavior needs to be studied. the heart of man, how desperately evil could it be?
    may this victims RIP. people do not be ignorant of the devices of the enemy.

    November 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sadworld

    THIS IS SO GROSS. SAD. DISGUSTING. UNBELIEVABLE TO LIVE IN SUCH A TRAGIC SOCIETY. THATS Y I TEACH MY BABIES NOT TO TALK TO PEOPLE THEY DONT KNOW. Hope that little girl didnt get molested. Lord help us cause this world aint getting no better. This is speechless. They just found 6 year old twin and their 3 year old brother and mom murdered in our town in tallahassee. God protect the innocents. Get rid of guns and psychos.

    November 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robert

    Cause getting rid of guns really helped England, just look at the rioting going on in that place, I see now why my fore fathers gave me the right to bear arms, I am not a gun nut, but I'm glad I live in a country where I can own and carry one legally to protect myself from madness like this. Cause a bobby with a stick is just gonna get hit.

    November 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • wkh

      yeah rioting versus being dismembered, gosh, so similar.

      November 21, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. Beth

    Guns? Thought he used knives since they were stabbed to death.

    November 20, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. RUFFNUTT

    @SADWORLD

    yep ged rid of the guns. i'm sure as they were watching each other get stabbed to death they were thinking "i'm glad i dont have a gun in the house there so dangerous".

    November 20, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Thozmaniac

    Numbaoneballa Wrote:

    This guy was am ex cop, so it comes as no surprise.
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    Are you an idiot? He's an ex-con as in convict, not an x cop.
    He did time for arson.

    November 20, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Thozmaniac

    Beth

    Guns? Thought he used knives since they were stabbed to death.

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    They WERE stabbed to death.
    People don't read the story, they just make wild assumptions.

    November 20, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Thozmaniac

    sadworld

    THIS IS SO GROSS. SAD. DISGUSTING. UNBELIEVABLE TO LIVE IN SUCH A TRAGIC SOCIETY. THATS Y I TEACH MY BABIES NOT TO TALK TO PEOPLE THEY DONT KNOW. Hope that little girl didnt get molested. Lord help us cause this world aint getting no better. This is speechless. They just found 6 year old twin and their 3 year old brother and mom murdered in our town in tallahassee. God protect the innocents. Get rid of guns and psychos.
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    No guns were used, you people can't be over 12.

    November 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RUFFNUTT

    @Thozmaniac
    "No guns were used" –duh that's why they got stabbed to death.

    better to have a gun and not need it than need a gun and not have it.

    November 21, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. Indra

    Tho he probably is evil I wouldn't consider him psycho. Most killers do try to use the insanity defense but it usually doesn't pan out. Dismembering them meant he had to come up with a (vile) way to get rid of the bodies and evidence. Police will need to decide if that was planned out or spur of the moment. RIP for the victims and their loved ones. On a side note: Getting rid of guns isn't a great option. I only say that bc in this instance knives were used, in a "killer's" hands technically ANYTHING can be used as a weapon for murder, ie baseball bat, knife, scissors, car etc.

    November 21, 2010 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. judge

    maybe we should ban knives and give away guns to everybody.

    November 21, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Michigan girl

    Rest in peace and my prayers are with sarah and family of all victims. hope the baztard who did it suffers for eternity!

    November 21, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CanUfixit

    Extremely sad story.May the victims RIP. Sociopathic/pychopathic mental illness should be treated at early life stages before it gets to gruesome scenarios like this. It just seems to be getting worse with bazarre murders like this, teen suicides & bullying & even murdering family & friends at a such a young age.There's something very wrong in our dysfunctional society today, how can we fix it?

    November 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
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