Bodies found; community mourns

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FREDERICKTOWN — A mile west of Fredericktown Thursday afternoon, the hopes of many county residents were replaced with despair as the bodies of Howard residents Tina Herrmann, 32; Stephanie Sprang, 41; and Herrmann’s son, Kody Maynard, 11, were found.

Hundreds offer help, hope

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MOUNT VERNON — Over 300 volunteer searchers, organized by Knox County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross of Knox County, gathered Thursday morning at the movie theater parking lot on Upper Gilchrist Road to be organized into teams to help in the search for missing Tina Herrmann, Stephanie Sprang and Kody Maynard.

Neighbors react to discovery

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FREDERICKTOWN — Less than a quarter mile from the Kokosing Reservoir, off Yankee Street, neighbors watched from their windows and front porches as news helicopters circled overhead.

An expression of neighborly love

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BUTLER — The Love family learned first hand the meaning of neighborly love when a September storm tore down their dairy barn, the following day their Amish neighbors came from every direction to help with the clean up and repair.

Bodies recovered

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One week after Tina Herrmann’s vehicle was found outside Gambier, the bodies of Herrmann, 32, her 11-year-old son, Kody Maynard and friend, Stephanie Sprang, 41, were found today near Kokosing Reservoir, Knox County Sheriff David Barber confirmed this evening just after 5 p.m.

Ohio family missing update

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A map of events in the disappearance of four people in central Ohio, has been updated to with the discovery of 3 bodies. Coroner in Ohio county where 3 are missing says bodies have been found in the area MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — Bodies were found in a rural central Ohio county where a… Read more »

Search teams deployed

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MOUNT VERNON — Hundreds of searchers, organized by Knox County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross of Knox County, gathered this morning at the movie theater parking lot on Upper Gilchrist Road to be organized into teams and deployed.

Mystery continues, search expands

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MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Sheriff David Barber talked to the media Tuesday afternoon, filling in few additional details regarding the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Apple Valley residents Tina Herrmann, 32, Tina's son, Kody Maynard, 11, her friend, Stephanie Sprang, 41, and the abduction of Tina's daughter, 13-year-old Sarah Maynard, who was rescued… Read more »

NCMEC assists local officials

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MOUNT VERNON — As the search is ongoing in the missing persons case of Tina Herrmann, Kody Maynard and Stephanie Sprang, the Knox County Sheriff's Office has been getting assistance from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Donough finds his stride with band

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MOUNT VERNON — Athleticism, rhythm, energy and stage presence are just some of the qualities exhibited on the football field by Cole Donough, drum major for the Mount Vernon High School marching band.

Large scale search effort to begin at 10 a.m.

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Photo by Virgil Shipley Knox County Emergency Management Director Brian Hess, at the request of Knox County Sheriff David Barber, is requesting any community members wishing to assist with today’s coordinated widespread search for Tina Herrmann, Stephanie Sprang, and Kody Maynard, to meet with county officials at the Premier Theaters at 1535 Upper Gilchrist Road…. Read more »

New information added into missing persons timeline

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MOUNT VERNON – Knox County Sheriff David Barber talked to the media this afternoon, requesting continued help from the community to fill in the timeline of the activities which unfolded last Wednesday when 13-year-old Sarah Maynard was abducted from her Apple Valley home.

Community stunned by events

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MOUNT VERNON — The events of the past week involving the kidnapping and rescue of 13-year-old Sarah Maynard of Howard, and the continuing search for her brother, Kody Maynard, 11, mother, Tina Herrmann, 32, and family friend, Stephanie Sprang, 41, have left the Knox County community stunned.

Suspect purchased tarp, bags

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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.

Bond set at $1 million for Hoffman

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MOUNT VERNON — On a large video screen in the Mount Vernon Municipal Court, alleged kidnapper Matthew J. Hoffman could be seen on live video feed participating in the proceedings from the Knox County Jail Tuesday afternoon as his bond was set at $1 million by Judge Paul Spurgeon.

Report against Hoffman filed by former girlfriend

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MOUNT VERNON — A former girlfriend of Matthew Hoffman, who is charged in connection with the kidnapping of Sarah Maynard, 13, from her Apple Valley home a week ago, filed a report with the Knox County Sheriff's Office alleging he choked her last month.