Memorial Service To Be Held For Craigslist Victim

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Mourners will gather in Ohio to remember one of the victims of what authorities say was a death trap set through a Craigslist job ad.

A memorial service for Timothy Kern, 47, is scheduled for this evening at a funeral home in the Massillon area of northeast Ohio, where he lived. The 6:30 p.m. ceremony will follow an hour of visitation.

Kern's body was found Nov. 29 in a shallow grave near an Akron shopping mall. Authorities say he interviewed for a bogus farm job in southeast Ohio advertised on Craigslist and was last seen Nov. 13.

Two other deaths and the wounding of a fourth man are part of the investigation.

Authorities have identified as suspects a 16-year-old high school student and a 52-year-old self-styled preacher.

Meanwhile, an Ohio coroner says a man suspected of being the third fatal victim died in August, weeks before the suspected killings of two other victims.

The body of Ralph Geiger was discovered Nov. 25 in Noble County.

Noble County Coroner Alan Spencer lists Geiger's date of death as around Aug. 9, according to a copy of Geiger's death certificate obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Authorities believe the other victims were killed in October and November.