MOUNT VERNON — A local gym could be a missing piece of the puzzle that connects an allegeded murderer and his victims.
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“[Matthew Hoffman] purchased a one-year membership in November 2009,” said Body Basics owner Steve Mullins, adding Hoffman made regular visits to the gym through May 2010. Attendance records then show that his visits dropped off through the summer months before routine weekend visits started again in October.
“The only freaky thing is that he would always check in shortly before closing. He would be here maybe only 25 minutes,” said Mullins, in looking at the daily check-in and check-out records.
Body Basics had employed the services of Clean Sweep for routine cleaning services but has not used the company since June.
Mullins said Sprang was a member of this cleaning team.
“Our employees would lock up at night, and then they (Clean Sweep) would have their own key to come in and clean,” said Mullins. “We now have our own in-house cleaning employee who took over this summer. As far as I know, Stephanie hasn’t been in the building since then.”
Mullins did say that members should never have had any contact with cleaning employees during working hours, stating that cleaning services always took place “after hours.”
During Thursday’s press conference, Knox County Sheriff David Barber would not confirm any connections between Hoffman, Sprang, Tina Herrmann or her children, Sarah and Kody Maynard.