Authorities in Savage, Minn., a small town south of Minneapolis, say that a local woman was murdered last week after she answered a Craigslist ad looking for a nanny.
According to the Star Tribune, Katherine Ann Olson, a 24-year-old actress, had found nanny jobs several times on CL. She was last seen alive by her friends on Thursday morning on her way to meet a man about a job.
Late on Friday night, police found her car at a park in nearby Burnsville, Minn.; her body was found in the trunk.
Authorities later arrested a 19-year-old man whom they say placed the Craigslist ad. Savage police Capt. David Muelken told reporters, “We’re confident we have the suspect in custody.”
This is Craigslist’s first murder. Obviously a grim milestone, but also amazing that it’s the first in more than 450 million ads placed on the site during the last 12 years.
I asked a representative for tips on how people can be safe on the site. I got back some common-sensical guidelines:
- Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe
- Tell a friend or family member where you’re going
- Take your cellphone along if you have one
- Consider having a friend accompany you
- Trust your instincts