Teen found bound and gagged, but mother, brother and friend still missing

November 15th, 2010 by Staff

Source: Sydney Morning Herald — A sheriff in central Ohio says a 13-year-old US girl who had been missing since Wednesday with her mother, brother and her mother’s friend has been found bound and gagged in the basement of a man’s home about 16 kilometres from her house.

Knox County Sheriff David Barber said on Sunday that Sarah Maynard’s mother, Tina Herrmann, is still missing, along with her 10-year-old brother, Kody, and her mother’s 41-year-old friend Stephanie Sprang.

Sheriff Barber said Matthew Hoffman, 30, was arrested on one count of kidnapping at his home in Mount Vernon. He said reports a body bag had been taken from the home are false.

He did not know if Mr Hoffman was connected to either Ms Herrmann or Ms Sprang, but said he is not the ex-boyfriend of either woman.

Sheriff Barber said the girl is in hospital in good condition.


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