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''The Tragedy Today is Just Devastating''
As the nation held out hope for the three remaining family members that had been missing for more than a week, news broke that their bodies had been found in Knox County, Ohio.  On November 10, three family members, including Tina Hermann and her two children, a ten year old son, Kody Maynard, his 13 year old sister, Sarah Maynard, and a family friend, Stephanie Spring, who was 41, were reported missing by Hermann's employer when she did not report to work that day.

Several days later, Sarah Maynard was found by a SWAT team. She had

been held captive in the basement of a home occupied by Matthew Hoffman.

He was arrested on charges of kidnapping, but refused to cooperate



with police in finding the other missing people. On November 18, police

gave a press conference and announced the bodies of the still-missing

had been found in trash cans that were hidden in a hollowed out tree.

Hoffman,

who has a public defender, remains in jail though he has not been

charged with murder. The young girl remains in the hospital and police

will only say she is doing well, considering what she'd been through.

It's not known if she is aware of the fate of her mother, brother and

friend.

Hoffman, who is an unemployed tree trimmer, is also an ex

convict. It's been reported by Fox News that he spent at least six

years in a Colorado prison after being convicted of arson. Court

documents from Colorado revealed that he'd set a townhouse on fire in an

effort to cover up a burglary. The Knox County, Ohio prosecutor says

it's likely other charges will be filed, but he declined to say when

those charges might come. Prosecutor John Thatcher said during the

presser, ''The tragedy today is just devastating''. Knox County Sheriff

David Barber also said he'd never been part of a case ''this big, this

serious and this tragic''.

Other details released at the press

conference included Hoffman leading police to the bodies, as well as an

interview that had been conducted with Hoffman's ex girlfriend, who said

he choked her and pinned her neck with his forearm as recently as

October 24. It's believed Hoffman has been in Ohio since his release in

2007.


11-20-2010

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