Gay College Student Murdered During Online Hookup w/ Sex Offender
Police in Portage County, Ohio report that a 34-year-old sex offender, John R. Fox, lured 22-year-old college student Justin Earley (pictured, right) to his apartment via an online sex posting, where he then proceeded to murder him.
According to reports, Justin’s friends grew suspicious and filed a missing persons report when he failed to return home after meeting John R. Fox on December 29, via the classifieds section of Backpage.com.
Police say Fox also posted a similar ad on Craigslist soliciting men sex to come to his apartment that same day.
Police confirmed that Fox killed Justin and hid his body in a closet, wrapped in a comforter, for 3 weeks.
Fox , has a lengthy criminal history and is being held with no bond pending his arraignment for Justin’s murder on Tuesday in a Portage County courtroom.
Police declined to comment further on the autopsy results, including the cause or manner of death.
Justin Earley’s Facebook page reveals he was a college student and former Youth Leader loved by his family and friends. A few cryptic statuses suggest he may have been going through a breakup at the time.
Justin's mother, Cindy Parsons is currently seeking support as she attempts to get her son's body home for burial.
(H/t: Wicked Gay Blog)