Published Tue, Nov 22, 2011 12:25 pm Dateline
Updated Tue, Nov 22, 2011 1:30 pm
Update 1:32 pm
The father of an Ohio man missing since Nov. 13 says his son interviewed for a Craigslist help-wanted ad that police say actually was a deadly robbery scheme that lured people to a nonexistent farm job.
Jack Kern says that his son, Timothy Kern, was promised $300 a week, a trailer and a truck for the job near Caldwell in Noble County.
Kern says his son was excited about the job because of the chance of bettering his life and helping his three sons.
Kern believes the outlook is grim because his son was never out of touch for long.
One man who replied to the bogus ad was found dead in Noble County last week. Another said he escaped after being shot.
The FBI is asking for the public's help locating a northeast Ohio man because his disappearance may be connected to the Noble County Craigslist murder case.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Timothy Kern is being asked to contact the FBI Office in Canton at 330-456-6200.
Investigators say they are looking into the possibility that the Canton-area man's disappearance could be connected to the Noble County case.
Kern was last seen early on the morning of Sunday November 13, 2011 in the Plain Township area of Stark County.
Kern told family members he was meeting with a prospective employer that morning and has not been seen or heard from since.
Investigators say it is unusual for Kern not to stay in daily contact with family members
A 16-year-old boy is in custody facing charges including attempted murder in connection with the Noble County case.
He was charged by authorities investigating the killing of one man and the wounding of another who had responded to a phony job ad on Craigslist.
Cadaver dogs found the body of a Florida man in a grave in a remote area outside Caldwell.
The body was found after a jobseeker from South Carolina was shot but got away and ran through the woods.