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Missing three found dead in Ohio hollow tree

The missing brother, mother and friend of Sarah Maynard – discovered alive earlier this week – are found dead.

The home of Tina Herrmann, from which she, her friend Stephanie Sprang, and Tina's children Sarah (13) and Kody (11) went missing.
The home of Tina Herrmann, from which she, her friend Stephanie Sprang, and Tina's children Sarah (13) and Kody (11) went missing.
Image: Julie Carr Smyth/AP

POLICE IN OHIO have discovered the bodies of a 11-year-old boy, his mother and a family friend in a hollow tree – ending a week-long search for the family.

The bodies of Kody Maynard (11), his mother Tina Herrmann (32) and family friend Stephanie Sprang (41) were discovered after Matthew Hoffman – arrested earlier this week after a SWAT team discovered Kody’s sister Sarah (13) alive in his basement – pointed the way through his lawyers.

Police say that all three had been killed at Herrmann’s home – a murder apparently witnessed by Sarah – but have not yet indicated how the three were killed.

Knox County sheriff David Barber said his staff were “inspired by Sarah’s bravery… what she saw, I can’t speak to that.”

All four were reported missing on November 10, when Tina failed to show up for work at a local Dairy Queen. When colleagues called around to their house to check on her, they discovered an “unusual amount of blood” on the floors.

Hoffman remains in police custody facing a kidnapping charge in respect of Sarah’s abduction; police say they are no other suspects in the case.

The woodland in which they were found was about 20 minutes’ drive from Herrmann’s home, and 15 from Hoffman’s.

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