Skip to comments.Body found in Akron may be missing Jackson man(Answered Craigslist killer job ad)
Posted on 11/25/2011 12:52:21 PM PST by Las Vegas Dave
A body discovered by authorities Friday morning in Akron may be that of a missing Jackson Township man.
The body of a man was found in a shallow grave behind Rolling Acres Mall, said FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson. She said the identity of the man has not yet been confirmed.
An ambulance carrying the body left the scene around 1:40 p.m. to the Summit County Medical Examiners Office.
Investigators are working at a wooded area on the north side of the mall, north of Harlem Street.
We had information to go looking there, Anderson said.
Anderson declined to say who provided the tip.
She said agents from the FBI in Cleveland, Ohio Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Akron Police Department found the body at about 8:30 a.m.
Timothy Kern has been missing since Nov. 13.
His disappearance may be linked to the so-called Craigslist Killer in southern Ohio. An Akron man and Stow teen are suspected of luring people to Noble County through a Craigslist ad that offered a job as a caretaker for a farm in that area.
One man was killed and another escaped with his life after being wounded by a gunshot. The FBI has said that Kerns case may be related his family has said he responded to the same ad.
I wonder if Joel and Ethan Coen are looking at this story.
I feel sad when people looking to better their lives meet that kind of grisly end. When people go to what they think is a legitimate job interview, they don’t expect to be robbed and murdered. Its just shocking that vulnerable people are taken advantage of by criminals.
< snip > Timothy Kern was promised $300 a week, a trailer and a truck for the job near Caldwell, his father, Jack Kern, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. He said his son was excited about the job because of the chance of bettering his life.
In a Facebook post on Nov. 10, Tim Kern wrote: “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.”
Jack Kern, of Massillon, said his son was rarely out of touch and often texted and called family members.
“We’re holding hope, but pretty grim, I think,” he said.
One man who replied to the bogus ad was found dead in Noble County last week. Another said he escaped after being shot on Nov. 6.
Before a judge issued a gag order, the Noble County sheriff said it was unclear how long the ad had been online or whether there were other victims.
Timothy Kern, 47, divorced and the father of three sons, worked most recently cleaning gas station driveways, his father said.
He said his son apparently answered the Craigslist ad Oct. 30 and interviewed for the job with a man in an Akron restaurant Nov. 9. His son left his car with a friend in Akron Nov. 13 and was driven to what he was told was the job site.
Timothy Kern told family members the job involved running a 600-acre farm in Noble County.
The man who escaped Nov. 6 gave police a similar account of a farm job, saying he was going to build fences. Neighbors near the property where the man escaped said there is no such farm.
Instead, the area is a former strip mine owned by a coal company that rents the land to hunters.
Timothy Kern said he was told there would be no cellphone or Internet service where he was going but he could call when driven to nearby Cambridge, his father said.
Timothy Kern was a big baseball fan who liked spending time with his sons, his father said. < /snip >
“Before a judge issued a gag order, the Noble County sheriff said it was unclear how long the ad had been online or whether there were other victims.”
Rumors on Cleveland/Akron radio are that 7 more bodies were found.
In a tight economy, you look wherever the jobs are and you’re willing to work any kind of job - as long as it pays. Its not the victims fault they answered the ad.
“It’s not the victims fault they answered the ad”.
I agree. He needed work, saw an ad and tried to get a job. My husband was returning from a recent business trip and overheard a conversation between two men (sitting behind him). Both were traveling to the Baltimore area in hopes of securing a construction job. They had planned on staying together to cut the cost of board and send every other penny home to their families. Men leaving their families behind to get work somewhere... is probably more common than thought.
I guess I’m the only one that remembers Rolling Acres Mall from the 70s and early 80s. It was a glorious mall.
Now it’s closed and a good place to dump a body. It’s astonishing.
“Rumors.. that 7 more bodies were found”.
I’m not absolutely sure the definition of a serial killer vs a mass murderer; however, this sounds more like a serial killer luring victims via a help wanted ad. If you wanted to rob someone.. why go all the trouble of posting a help wanted ad, making the arrangements to meet, discuss the job, etc... I have the horrible feeling that when all is said and done... a lot of bodies will be found. IMHO.
And why choose to rob people who obviously have very little or no money? If they were going to lure people out there, why not on the pretense of selling the land? Wonder how the police got the robbery theory? Whatever the case, this sounds like a classic horror movie. Sick.
Sounds to me like the robbery was a second thought. Why go through all that trouble to find someone without a job? It does sound like a horror movie though. I remember reading the victim that got away hid in the woods for hours until he made his way to a house.