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Ohio Girl Sarah Maynard Found Alive, Bound; No Word on Others

Sarah Maynard (AP Photo)

Ohio Girl Found Alive, Bound; No Word on Others
Sarah Maynard (AP Photo)

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (CBS/WBNS/AP) Sarah Maynard, a 13-year-old girl missing since Wednesday, was found safe over the weekend in a home near Columbus, Ohio, but authorities are still searching for three people who disappeared with her.

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Matthew J. Hoffman, 30, was arrested at his Mount Vernon home, where Sarah  was found bound and gagged, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said.

He said the girl was hospitalized in good condition but would give no details and did not say if she had been sexually abused, CBS affiliate WBNS reports.

Barber did not say what led investigators to Hoffman's home, which is about 10 miles from the home of Sarah's family, but he said Hoffman's mother and stepfather own a house within walking distance of Sarah's, and that Hoffman listed it as a second address.

Barber said authorities hoped Hoffman would give them information leading to Sarah's mother, Tina Herrmann, her 10-year-old brother, Kody, and Herrmann's 41-year-old friend Stephanie Sprang.

The four vanished Wednesday in a case that was all the more alarming because an unusual amount of blood was found at Herrmann's home in Howard.

"We were hopeful that we would find more than one" of the missing people in Hoffman's house, Barber said. "Our information was definite that it was most likely that Sarah was going to be in that house."

Authorities believe the girl had been "under the control" of Hoffman since Wednesday, when she and her brother last attended school, the sheriff said. He did not know if Hoffman was connected to either Herrmann or Sprang, but said he is not the ex-boyfriend of either woman.

Hoffman was charged with one count of kidnapping, and Barber said more charges are expected.

Herrmann was reported missing Wednesday when she did not show up for work at a local Dairy Queen. Barber has said blood indicating an injury had been found in her home, where Sprang's vehicle was in the driveway.

Herrmann's pickup truck had been found Thursday night near the Kenyon College campus, leading to a lockdown at the school.

Hoffman was being held in the county jail, where personnel would not comment on whether he had an attorney. A bond hearing is expected to be held Monday.

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