In the summer of 2003, New Hampshire’s Manuel Gehring was involved with a bitter custody battle with his ex-wife for their two children. Gehring ended up kidnapping the two children and driving across the country, at some point murdering them and burying them along the highway somewhere in the Midwest. Gehring was caught and returned to New Hampshire, where he gave a full confession, including a description of where he buried Sarah and Philip.
Unfortunately, searchers couldn’t find the bodies, and Gehring killed himself in jail in February of 2004. Since then, the children’s mother, Teri Knight, (who has remarried since) has made several trips to the Midwest along Gehring’s path, trying to find her children so she can give them a proper burial and, I hope, move on with her life.
Last week, a Hudson, Ohio woman searching for the children was out with her dog when they found two small bodies in a shallow grave. The description of the scene and the circumstances of the burial matched Gehring’s confession nearly perfectly.
Autopsies are being performed today, and New Hampshire investigators are on the scene with the children’s dental records to help in the identification.
It is hoped that these are, indeed, the bodies of Sarah and Philip Gehring, so they can be brought home.
And it is further hoped that Manuel Gehring is currently enjoying a very hot corner of Hell.