Ohio Teen Sarah Maynard Found; 3 Still Missing

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The mysterious disappearance of an Ohio family and their friend took one step towards being solved with the discovery of one teen, found bound and gagged -- but alive in a house. Now police just have to find the other three.

Tina Herrmann, her 13-year-old daughter Sarah Maynard, her 10-year-old son Kody Maynard, and Herrmann's friend Stephanie Sprang all disappeared from Herrmann's house last Wednesday.

On Sunday, Sarah was found in the basement of a house 10 miles from where she lived. The man who lives in that house, Matthew Hoffman, was arrested and charged with kidnapping. And now police are hoping he tells them where the other three are.

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

Barber did not say what led police to the house. It's also not clear what, if any, relationship Hoffman may have had with the family. He is not, however, an ex-boyfriend of either of the two women.

"At this time, whether he's connected to the family or whether he connected himself to the family ... a lot of that remains to be seen as the investigation continues," Barber said.

Sarah is hospitalized in good condition. Police say they spoke to her, but will not release details because the investigation is ongoing.

At least one neighbor of Hoffman describes him as a bit of an oddball. Dawna Davis said she told her children that when Hoffman was outside, they must remain inside.

"He would sit and listen to us up in a tree. He had a hammock and he would sit there and listen to us," she said. "He was just different. He was very different."