Posted by: maboulette | November 26, 2011




COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A body found in a shallow grave in northeast Ohio was that of a man missing more than a week who answered a deadly Craigslist ad that police say lured victims into a robbery, a medical examiner said Saturday.

Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, was last seen Nov. 13 after driving to Akron for a job he called a “good offer but strange.” His family has said it was out of character for him not to be in touch.

Kern died of gunshot wounds to the head, the Summit County Medical Examiner’s office said.

Kern answered the same ad for a farm hand that authorities say led to the shooting death of Norfolk, Va., resident David Pauley, 51, in a rural area 90 miles south of Akron. A South Carolina man reported answering the ad but managing to escape after being shot Nov. 6.

The discovery of Kern’s body Friday near the Rolling Acres shopping mall in Akron came just a few hours before the sheriff in Noble County in southeastern Ohio announced that another body had been found in a shallow grave there.

Sheriff Steve Hannum is under a judge’s gag order and can’t comment on the case, but the title of his emailed announcement — “second body” — implied the discovery was connected with Pauley’s death.

If the two bodies discovered Friday are linked to Pauley’s case, that would bring to three the number of deaths associated with the phony Craigslist ad.

Two people from the Akron area are in custody: a high school student who has been charged with attempted murder and 52-year-old Richard Beasley, who is in jail on unrelated charges.

Beasley’s mother has previously told The Associated Press that her son has “a very caring heart” and she prays that reports he is a suspect are not true.

Agents have contacted individuals to check on their well-being, FBI spokesman Harry Trombitas said Friday in an email.

The farm advertised on Craigslist does not exist; the area where the bodies were found in Noble County is property owned by a coal company and often leased to hunters.

Source Associated Press


  1. I am not for censorship, but maybe someone should shut craigs list down as a danger to people. This is the second time I heard something about craigs list, the man who used that to lure prostitutes and murdering them.

  2. Craigslist is becoming very notorious!!! Such a sad thing to happen to anyone. I hope they catch the people who did this.

    • I think it is up to four victims now – and no telling how many got away!

      • Sorry for the delay, I am a tad behind in my email. I wonder how many did get away? Never thought about that. I still can’t imagine going out to look for an apartment/job or whatever hoping and believing that it is safe and coming to an end like this. How tragic.

  3. people need to use common sense and trust there instinct. Ifg someone is sketchy or it sounds funny don’t meet them by yourself, don’t let them know where you live. The fact that this guy even mentioned to family that it seemed strange is the first hint. Sketchy people have responded to my adds, i don’t give them my address or meet them in middle of nowhere. I’ve gotten rides from people on craigslist for gas money but if Manson pulls up i’m not gonna hop in. it’s a shame lives were ended, don’t blame technology, blame the sik fuks out there, trust your gut, if it doesn’t feel right its probably not.

  4. just saw this craigslist killer from ohio on the id channel and my comment/question is why did the deputy hannum giggle so much during his interview about not believeing the victim of the shooting/ad? looked like a dummy! who could make that s*** up? REALLY?

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