Local Man Says Craigslist ad Shooting Victim Saved His Life

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BURTON, Ohio—

A Geauga County man says when he saw a Craigslist ad for a farm caretaker he eagerly applied. Then, weeks later, he got a call from the FBI.

Mike McKinnon, of Burton, says he applied for the job on October 12, but never heard back from anyone. He says he feels lucky that this is one job he did not get.

The 39-year old McKinnon says he was prepared to pack up and move his teenage daughters to southern Ohio.

"I was a caretaker for a farm once before, so when I seen the chance to be a farmer, living free room and board, and a truck and 300 a week, I thought that would be an awesome job to have," McKinnon said.

The bogus ad would later become the center of an investigation into the shooting of one man, and the discovery of two bodies on a farm in Noble County. McKinnon did not make the connection until this week, when he received a call from a special agent with the FBI.

"We're investigating the Craigslist case out of Cambridge. It appears that your email address may have been in contact with the subject in the case, regarding a farm caretaker position down in Southern Ohio," said McKinnon, while describing the phone call.

"My name was saved on their computer, so whose ever name was saved on their computer, (the FBI) were contacting all those people to see if they were still alive," he said.

McKinnon says he feels a sense of gratitude to the man who escaped the farm and alerted police.

"He's my hero, because if he hadn't gotten away, and they would've called me, I would've went and I'd probably be dead," said McKinnon.

Investigators are not saying whether they believe there are any more bodies to be found. Michael says he would not be surprised if they discovered more.

"I'm thinking there are probably a lot more people they're gonna find. I think it's just a matter of time before they find more bodies. I think it was probably something they started a while ago, and it just took one guy to get away to put a stop to it," McKinnon said.

McKinnon says he was never called for an interview for the farm caretaker position. He says although he would still like to take care of a farm someday he will not reply to any ads online.

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