Matthew Hoffman, the alleged suspect in the brutal slaying and dismemberment of three people in Knox County might prove to be responsible for some “unsolveds” in Ohio, according to WKYC News.
Hoffman, 30, has been charged with the kidnapping of 13-year-old kidnapping victim Sarah Maynard and may be charged in the murder of three people, two of which are Sarah’s family members.
Child rescued from Knox County suspect
Sarah was rescued from Hoffman’s home on Sunday, where she had been bound and gagged and placed in the home’s basement. Concerned coworkers of her mothers had been unable to reach Tina Hermann at home earlier in the week, and a law enforcement official had been dispatched to check the residence days earlier, according to CNN.
According to news reports, the family’s home lights were on and the vehicle was in the drive but no one answered the door. Later in the week, law enforcement entered the home’s premises, finding blood but no occupants.
SWAT eventually became involved, rescuing Sarah from Hoffman’s residence and placing him under arrest.
Sarah Maynard’s mother, brother murdered
Matthew Hoffman, the man who has been charged in the abduction of Sarah Maynard may also be charged in the deaths and dismemberment of her mother Tina Hermann, 31, her son Kody Maynard, aged 11 and Tina’s friend 41-year-old Stephanie Sprang.
The three victims were found dismembered and their remains placed in a trash bag in the hollow of a tree this week, according to CNN, just 12 hours after Hoffman was visited by his mother in jail, reported WKYC.
Knox County officials are now contemplating the possibility that Matthew Hoffman may turn out to be a suspect in other cases in the jurisdiction that have remained unsolved, as this isn’t the first crime he has committed.
Matthew Hoffman: a serial criminal?
In 2001, Matthew Hoffman was allegedly convicted of other crimes. Third Age reported that Hoffman was sentenced for arson, assault, burglary and grand theft auto crimes committed in Routt County.
Retired Akron Police Captain Dr. Mary E Myers–currently an associate professor at University of Akron–thinks the eight years Matthew Hoffman served for his former crimes served to further enforce an anti-social personality.
“These people don’t have the same heart that the rest of us have. They just don’t care about the social norms.”
Police aren’t saying which “unsolveds” they may attribute to Matthew Hoffman at present, but it is likely that the cases have similar characteristics with Sarah Maynard’s kidnapping and the dismemberment and murder of her famiy and mother’s friend, if he is involved.
Law enforcement proceeding cautiously
Toxicology results performed on the remains will not be available for approximately four to six weeks, and the prosecutor for the case anticipates taking the evidence before the grand jury in the county shortly thereafter.
Pending the toxicology report results and additional investigative action–as well as the grand jury consultation–Matthew Hoffman may be charged with three counts of murder as well as additional charges in the coming weeks.
Dr. Myers may have hit upon the key to Matthew Hoffman’s recent motivation in the kidnapping of Sarah Maynard and the murders and dismemberment of her family and another, if eventually charged with those crimes. Myers said that Hoffman might have reacted to the dissolution of a romantic relationship with a woman recently: one who had a son.
Serial killers–and others who commit violent crimes–often have a stressor that immediately preceeds their violent reactions. Romantic breakups can be that stressor. The fact that Matthew Hoffman disclosed the whereabouts of the three victims at all is telling, too.