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Ohio Police Find Bodies of Trio Who Disappeared Last Week

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(APPLE VALLEY, Ohio) -- The bodies of an Ohio woman, her young son and a family friend have been discovered by police, wrapped in garbage bags and stuffed in a hollow tree, authorities said Thursday.

Knox County Sheriff David Barber said they were told where to find the victims by Matthew Hoffman, who was in custody for kidnapping 13-year-old Sarah Maynard.

The victims included Sarah's mother Tina Herrmann, 32, her younger brother Kody Maynard, 10, and family friend Stephanie Sprang, 41.

The bodies were found just near Apple Valley, Ohio, miles away from Hoffman's home where Sarah was found on Sunday by a SWAT team. The girl was bound and gagged in Hoffman's basement in rural Mount Vernon, Ohio.

Hoffman is a 31-year-old drifter who had recently been released from a Colorado prison after serving a term for arson and burglary.

Police immediately focused the search for Sarah's family members near Hoffman's home, honing in on a park a short walk from the house where he kept the girl confined.

Hoffman was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping. Police say he has been placed on suicide watch and has not been cooperating with their investigation. He appeared in court Tuesday via video wearing an anti-suicide gown and his bail was set at $1 million.

Police said Sarah was in good health, staying with her father and cooperating with the investigation.

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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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