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2 more Ohio deaths linked to Craigslist ad

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The discoveries of two new bodies could bring to three the death toll from a Craigslist ad that police say lured victims into a lethal robbery scheme.

A body found Friday in a shallow grave near a mall in Akron, Ohio, may be that of a missing man who answered the ad, the FBI said.

And a sheriff in a rural county said later in the day that the body of a white male without identification was found in a shallow grave about 90 miles away.

The FBI is working on the supposition that the body found near the Rolling Acres shopping mall in Akron may be that of Timothy Kern, 47, who hasn't been seen in more than a week, agency spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said.

Kern, of Massillon, Ohio, answered the same ad for a farmhand that authorities say led to the shooting death of Norfolk, Va., resident David Pauley, 51, in a rural area south of Akron.

Noble County Sheriff Steve Hannum is under a judge's gag order not to comment on the case, but the title of his emailed announcement late Friday -- "second body" -- implied the discovery was connected with Pauley's death.

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

FBI agents have contacted people to check on their well-being, FBI spokesman Harry Trombitas said Friday in an email. One was Heather Tuttle, of Ravenna, Ohio, who applied for the job Oct. 7 but never got a response.

"It could have been me," said Tuttle, 27, who has since taken work as an assistant manager at a gas station.

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

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