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Third Body Linked to Craigslist Ad Identified

Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(AKRON, Ohio) -- Investigators identified a third body on Saturday potentially linked to the phony job ad on Craigslist that police believe lured two other victims into a lethal robbery scheme in Ohio, according to the Noble County Sheriff's Office.

The body was identified through an autopsy as Ralph Geiger, 56, of Akron, Ohio, who was found in a shallow grave on Nov. 25.

His family has been notified of the identification. The sheriff's office was unsure how long he has been missing.

One of the other bodies, found in a shallow grave behind Rolling Acres Mall in Akron, was identified last week as Timothy Kern, 47, of Massillon, Ohio, who answered the Craigslist ad. Kern had not been seen in over a week, according to FBI spokeswoman Vicki Anderson.

Police also found the body of David Pauley, 51, of Florida in a shallow grave outside Caldwell, Ohio, about 80 miles east of Columbus.

Authorities believe robbery was the motive, and on Nov. 16 took two suspects into custody: a 16-year-old high school student identified by ABC News' Columbus affiliate WSYX-TV as Brogan Rafferty, and Richard Beasley, 52, a purported Ohio chaplain.

Beasley defended himself Friday in a jailhouse letter saying that he is not a "con man."

Beasley appeared in court Friday for the second time in two days. He was arraigned on 14 counts of promoting prostitution and one count of compelling prostitution. On Thursday, he was arraigned on charges of selling oxycontin.

FBI spokesman Michael Brooks told ABCNews.com that Beasley is a suspect in the Craigslist murder investigation, but would not comment on a report that Beasely is also facing federal charges of kidnapping and wire fraud. Brooks said federal documents in the case have been sealed.

Beasley appeared in court Thursday slumped in a wheelchair, wearing a striped prison uniform and with his head hanging without saying a word. His attorney Rhonda Kotnik did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

Brogan Rafferty, 16, also appeared in court this week. Rafferty, whose family claims Beasley was his mentor, has been charged with attempted murder, complicity to attempted murder, aggravated assault and complicity to aggravated assault.

Rafferty is scheduled to appear in court again on Dec. 15 when a judge will decide if the teenager will be tried as a juvenile or as an adult for his alleged participation in the deadly scheme. If convicted as an adult, Rafferty could face a life sentence.

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