Terrible news from Knox County, Ohio … three bodies discovered in Ohio.
The bodies of missing Stephanie Sprang, Tina Herrmann & Kody Maynard have been found. The remains of the three were located in a wooded area inside of garbage bags in a hollow tree as a result of information provided by Matthew Hoffman. Hoffman had previously been arrested on kidnapping charges, when 13 year old Sarah Maynard was found tied up inside his home.
Kody Maynard, 10, Tina Herrmann, 32, and family friend Stephanie Sprang, 41
”Today this investigation took a major turn,” he said. “We have discovered and recovered the remains of Kody Maynard, Stephanie Sprang, and Tina Herrmann.”
Barber said the bodies were discovered “as a result of information provided by Matthew Hoffman” around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday.
“The bodies were located in a wooded area inside of garbage bags in a hollow tree,” he said. “One thing’s for sure, is he’s had some experience as a tree trimmer.”
Prosecutor John C. Thatcher said he could not confirm if Hoffman had given a confession, but called the discovery “the saddest day in Knox County history.”
Late Wednesday night articles of clothing were located. The incident began on when the four, Tina Herrmann, Sarah Maynard, Kody Maynard, and Stephanie Sprang mysteriously went missing on 11/10/2010. However, on Thursday the body of the three missing people were discovered in a tree in a wooded area.
Barber said police had to cut into the tree to remove the three bodies. He said the victims were all wearing the same clothes they had last been seen in on Nov. 10. Barber suggested that Hoffman had hollowed out the tree himself saying, “Hoffman has worked as tree trimmer.”
Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher said Hoffman would likely be brought up on additional charges, but could not specify what they would be.
More on this bizarre case can be read at Scared Monkeys.net Missing Person & True Crime Forum.