Police Block Off Park As Mount Vernon Search Continues


UPDATED: Monday November 15, 2010 6:06 PM

Crime scene investigators removed bags of evidence from a park on Monday, located near the home where a missing 13-year girl was found being held against her will.

Police apparently found items in Foundation Park and gathered evidence that filled a two-foot bag, 10TV's Tino Ramos reported.

The park is located south of downtown Mount Vernon, a few blocks away from the home where authorities found Sarah Maynard on Sunday morning.

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Maynard, 13, was found bound and gagged inside Matthew J. Hoffman's basement.  Hoffman, 30, was charged with kidnapping.  More charges against him were expected to be filed, according to Knox County Sheriff David Barber.

Investigators tracked Hoffman down with the help of a receipt for a tarp that was purchased at a Walmart store in Mount Vernon.

Maynard's 11-year-old brother, Kody; his mother, Tina Herrmann, 32; and family friend, Stephanie Sprang, 41, also vanished last week, 10TV News reported.

"We were hopeful that we would find more than one (person), but our information was most definitely that Sarah was going to be in that house," said Knox County Sheriff David Barber.

The sheriff believed that Sarah Maynard was taken sometime on Wednesday and Hoffman had been with her through Sunday morning, when authorities swarmed the house and brought the girl out.

No one has seen or heard from the missing women or children since Wednesday, when Herrmann failed to show up for work.  On Thursday, both of her children were absent from school.

Investigators did not elaborate over the weekend about the information that led them to Hoffman's home on Columbus Road, but his parents have a house on Apple Valley Drive in nearby Howard, Ohio, the same street where the Maynard children disappeared with Herrmann and Sprang, 10TV News reported.

Barber said that special attention was being paid to blood that was found inside Herrmann's home.  Barber called the amount of blood "unusual."

"It is obvious that someone was injured in the house," Barber said.

Kody A. Maynard is 4 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 70 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Sprang is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds, with blonde hair and green eyes.

Herrmann is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing 122 pounds, with sandy blonde hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Knox County Sheriff's Office at 740-397-3333.

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