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''The Tragedy Today is Just Devastating''

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Several days later, Sarah Maynard was found by a SWAT team. She had been held captive in the basement of a home occupied by Matthew Hoffman. He was arrested on charges of kidnapping, but refused to cooperate with police in finding the other missing people. On November 18, police gave a press conference and announced the bodies of the still-missing had been found in trash cans that were hidden in a hollowed out tree.

Hoffman, who has a public defender, remains in jail though he has not been charged with murder. The young girl remains in the hospital and police will only say she is doing well, considering what she'd been through. It's not known if she is aware of the fate of her mother, brother and friend.



Hoffman, who is an unemployed tree trimmer, is also an ex convict. It's been reported by Fox News that he spent at least six years in a Colorado prison after being convicted of arson. Court documents from Colorado revealed that he'd set a townhouse on fire in an effort to cover up a burglary. The Knox County, Ohio prosecutor says it's likely other charges will be filed, but he declined to say when those charges might come. Prosecutor John Thatcher said during the presser, ''The tragedy today is just devastating''. Knox County Sheriff David Barber also said he'd never been part of a case ''this big, this serious and this tragic''.

Other details released at the press conference included Hoffman leading police to the bodies, as well as an interview that had been conducted with Hoffman's ex girlfriend, who said he choked her and pinned her neck with his forearm as recently as October 24. It's believed Hoffman has been in Ohio since his release in 2007.


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