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Girl Found in Missing Family Mystery 

Photo Courtesy - WSYX Columbus(MOUNT VERNON, Ohio) -- The 13-year-old girl in a group of four people that went missing in Ohio last week was found alive Sunday, but she had been held against her will, police said.

A SWAT team found Sarah Maynard bound and gagged in the basement of a home in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said at a news conference.

The man who lives in the house, 30-year-old Matthew Hoffman was arrested and charged with kidnapping, Barber said.

The girl was taken to Knox Community Hospital for evaluation, the sheriff said.

Maynard had disappeared along with her brother, her mother and a friend of her mother on Thursday from Howard, a small town in central Ohio.

Police reported Saturday that an "unusual amount of blood" was found in the home of Maynard's mother, Tina Herrmann, after the four vanished. Still missing are Herrmann's 10-year-old son Kody Maynard, and a friend, Stephanie Sprang, 41.

Herrmann, 32, was reported missing by her boyfriend, Greg Borders, on Wednesday. Borders told the Columbus Dispatch that the couple lived together but were in process of breaking up. He said he last heard from her Wednesday via text message.

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