FBI Investigating Possible 2nd Craigslist Death in Ohio
The FBI is currently investigating whether a body discovered in a shallow grave in Akron, Ohio, is a second killing related to a fake Craigslist job ad.
Photo (right): Timothy Kern of Massillon, Oh. has been missing since Nov. 13.
FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson says that the body was found on Friday near the Rolling Acres shopping mall in Akron. The cause of death and identity of the victim are under investigation. Anderson says that the FBI is working under the supposition that the body could be that of a man who answered the ad.
Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, hasn't been seen in over a week. He was last seen during the early morning hours of Sunday, November 13, in the Plain Township area. Kern posted a message about a "strange" job offer on Facebook on November 10:
"Just got one of the strangest job offers. A good offer but strange. The job is to watch over 680 acres south of cambridge. Odd jobs and such but mainly just secure it. Trailer, utilities, salary. Drawbacks? No cell phone service, kids are up here, and i have to move this sunday."
Kern told family that he was meeting with the prospective employer that Sunday morning. He has not been heard from since, and his family says that is unlike him to go without contact for so long.
Police believe that an ad for a farm hand in southeastern Ohio had been used to lure people into being robbed. One man that answered the ad was found dead. A second man escaped after being shot. The body found today may be yet another victim of the Ohio Craigslist killer.
Two people are currently in custody, a juvenile and an adult.
Anyone with any information regarding Tim's whereabouts should call the FBI in Canton at 330-456-6200.