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KNOX COUNTY, OH (WOIO) – The bodies of an Ohio woman, her son and a family friend, who’ve been missing for eight days, were found in Knox County Thursday. 


Police have been tirelessly searching for 32-year old Tina Herrmann, 10-year-old Kody Maynard and 41-year old Stephanie Sprang for more than a week.

Their bodies were found near Apple Valley in the North Branch of the Kokosing Lake Wildlife area. Searchers found them in a wooded area, stuffed inside trash bags in the base of a hollow tree.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Dept. held a news conference Thursday, just hours after the bodies were discovered.

“I have never experienced a case this big, this serious, this tragic,” said Sheriff David Barber.

Sheriff David Barber said kidnapping suspect Matthew J. Hoffman helped them find the bodies and without his direction he doesn’t think they would have ever located them.

“The discovery of these bodies was the result of information provided by Matthew Hoffman. We were optimistic a few days ago that there was a remote chance these persons were still alive,” said Barber. 

Herrmann’s 13-year-old daughter Sarah Maynard, who was also missing, was found Sunday in  Hoffman’s basement. She was not injured.

The 30-year old Hoffman was arrested last week and charged with kidnapping.

Mr. Hoffman remains in the county jail under suicide watch on the kidnapping charge, but now that this is a Homicide Investigation, Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher says it’s likely he’ll face more charges.

“I can’t speculate on what those charges might be without knowing what the evidence is,” said Thatcher.

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Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News