Ohio Town Seeks Missing Mom, Friend, 2 Kids

'Unusual' amount of blood found inside house
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2010 1:14 PM CST
Knox County Sheriff David Barber, right, talks with reporters, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, near the home of Tina Herrmann, background left, in Howard, Ohio.   (Julie Carr Smyth)
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(Newser) – A rural Ohio town is searching for a missing mom, her female friend, and two kids after police say they found an "unusual amount" of blood in her home. Thirty-two-year-old Tina Herrmann, 41-year-old Stephanie Sprang, and Herrmann's 13-year-old daughter, Sarah Maynard, and 10-year-old son, Kody Maynard were reported missing on Wednesday; cops in Howard found Hermann's pickup abandoned Thursday night in a nature preserve, reports the AP.

A neighbor tells the AP that cops removed a body bag from a house about 10 miles from Hermann's residence; a person in a sweatshirt and handcuffs was also removed from the house. Police had no comment, but planned to give an update this afternoon. Meanwhile, neighbors kept up the search for the missing foursome: "Everybody knows somebody that knows them, being a small town," says one neighbor. "I just hope they show up and it's all been a huge misunderstanding, but it's starting to feel like that isn't going to happen." (Read more missing mom stories.)

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