HOWARD — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is searching for clues to find four people reported missing.
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Knox County Sheriff’s detectives searched the home of Tina Herrmann, 481 King Beach Drive, after a co-worker said Herrmann did not show up for work at Dairy Queen on Thursday. Detectives were on the scene throughout the night. Herrmann’s boyfriend, Gregg Borders reported them missing on Wednesday.
Missing are Herrmann, 32; her two children, Sarah Maynard, 13, and Kody Maynard, 10; and Stephanie Sprang, 41.
Herrmann’s vehicle was recovered Thursday night near the Kenyon College campus. Sprang’s vehicle was found in Herrmann’s garage.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol was called in to support the KCSO investigation.
“We got a call from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at 8 p.m. asking for assistance in this case,” said Sgt. Gary Lewis, spokesperson for the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
“We have use of a ‘FLIR,’ which is a heat thermal imaging instrument used from a helicopter. It is not uncommon for us to use this equipment in these situations. Our role is support, and knowledge of a general area in this type of search is key.”
While those in the helicopter are conducting their search from the air, a radio communications partnership is established between a helicopter, grounds crew and the sheriff, according to Lewis. A talk group which can connect multiple users, known as a trunking system, allows communication between all parties to provide an extremely broad area of cooperation with no outside interference.
Knox County Sheriff David Barber was unavailable for comment this morning at press time.
Employees at the Dairy Queen had no comment this morning.
Mount Vernon News reporters are on scene and will provide updates on www.mountvernonnews.com as they become available.