Authorities Tie Third Body to Ohio Craigslist Scam

A Noble County Sheriff's Office patrol car(Photo: Noble County Sheriff's Department)
A Noble County Sheriff's Office patrol car(Photo: Noble County Sheriff's Department)

Authorities have identified a third body possibly tied to a deadly Ohio Craigslist scheme that lured jobseekers with a fake ad for cattle ranch work.

Noble County Sheriff Steve Hannum said Saturday that the body of Ralph Geiger was found in a shallow grave near where the body of another jobseeker was found this month.

Authorities are under a gag order and did not immediately tie Geiger’s corpse to a Craigslist help-wanted ad for a farmhand job that led two other men to their deaths.

A statement from Hannum says an “ongoing investigation” led authorities to Geiger’s body.

The farm in the ad doesn’t exist. The bodies were on coal company land leased to hunters.

Authorities say another man survived a shooting on the property and escaped.

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