WATERFORD — 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.
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The three bodies were found in garbage bags in a hollow tree near Yankee Street in northwestern Knox County. The bodies were located with the assistance of suspect Matthew Hoffman, Barber said.
“Investigators received information through Matthew Hoffman early today
on the location where the three victims were eventually found,” Barber
Knox County Prosecutor John Thatcher would not confirm if a deal was made with Hoffman in order to learn the location of the victims.
Knox County Coroner Jennifer Ogle is now in charge of determining how the three victims were killed. Autopsies are expected to be performed in Licking County.
Barber said he, along with representatives from the Knox County Prosecutor’s office and various investigative agencies, met with the victims’ families this morning to tell them the bodies had been located. They were also contacted when the bodies had been recovered.
Thirteen-year-old Sarah Maynard was abducted by Hoffman from Herrmann’s King Beach Drive home on Nov. 10, the day of the murders. She was rescued from Hoffman’s Columbus Road home Sunday morning.
Barber said the alleged murders took place at Herrmann’s residence. He would not confirm what Sarah witnessed before her abduction.
More information will be reported at it becomes available.