A body found behind an Akron, Ohio mall has been identified as Timothy Kern. The medical examiner in Summit County, Ohio has ruled the cause of death a homicide from a gunshot to the head. A phone call tipped off police as to where the body was buried in a shallow grave. It appears that Kern’s death is linked to two other bodies that were found in Ohio.
Another deceased white male was found about 120 miles away from Akron, also in a shallow grave and with a gunshot wound to the head. A third man from South Carolina called the Noble County Sheriff’s Department after he suffered a gunshot wound to the arm. The man has not been identified to the media; however, the man said that he answered an ad on Craigslist for work on a 680 acre farm in eastern Ohio. He met two men, who then drove him to the farm. He was told to walk a bit out into the field. When he turned around, he found a gun pointed at his head. The man said he was able to knock the gun away, but not before a shot was fired into his arm. He hid for several hours before he finally chanced going to a house and having the Sheriff’s Department called.
The last post on Kern’s Facebook said that he had just gotten a job offer. He was going to watch over a 680 acre farm. He said that he was going to have a place to live, a salary, and utilities. Kern was never seen alive again.
A third body was found near the same area where the man that survived was shot. The white male has not been identified, but it’s possible that it is the brother of a Boston, Massachusetts woman. She had filed a missing persons report and said that her brother had answered the same type of ad that the man from South Carolina did.
There are two suspects in custody, according to CNN. One is a sixteen year old boy and the other is Richard Beasley, 52.