MOUNT VERNON — For the first time in the week-long search for three missing Howard residents, Knox County Sheriff David Barber admitted a receipt was found during the investigation that shows suspect Matthew Hoffman purchased a tarp and trash bags at the Mount Vernon Walmart.



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7 Responses to “Suspect purchased tarp, bags”

  1. NYC Guy

    Just curious as to why this guy’s mom hasn’t been pressured by the community to go talk to her son and convince him to speak up…

  2. my2centsworth

    If trash bags were bought,, he planned on disposal. Does he have a chainsaw? He used to do tree work they said. Could he have dismembered them, bagged them up, put them in a can, dumpster, or even set the bags out at the curb or with other trash?

    If the trashman came early the next morning, they would’ve been taken to the landfill, & gone. Maybe the police could check & see what & when the garbage comp. was in the area?Or even in the close surrounding areas.
    He had a well thought out plan already… looks like thats why theres no leads coming up on the three.

  3. searcher

    Trash bags/tarp – i think this guy dismembered them, and threw them into the waterway on township hiway 262 (between mt vernon and gambier)

  4. Alumni

    Way to go Barber, keep on contaminating the jury pool you incompetent jerk!

  5. c2we

    Can’t we waterboard this guy to get the location of the other missing persons?

  6. Tricia

    A neighbor said that Hoffman’s dogs went missing and she believed he had killed them. Animal abuse almost always leads to the abuse of humans. Consider it a red flag, and go to the authorities the minute you suspect someone of abusing an animal.