MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A man accused of keeping a 13-year-old girl bound and gagged in his basement spent six years in a Colorado prison for setting a fire to cover up a burglary and had been released from parole only a month ago. The teenager’s mother and brother, along with a friend of her mother’s, remained missing Tuesday after authorities searched a lake and park near the suspect’s home. Authorities offered little hope that they would be found alive but planned to continue their search. Matthew J. Hoffman has been held at the Knox County jail since his Sunday arrest on a kidnapping charge.
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