19-Year-Old Charged in Minn. Craig's List Murder

By: Lindsay Davis, ABC News
By: Lindsay Davis, ABC News

A young woman murdered in Minnesota last week was apparently lured to her death by a posting on the Internet.

The victim went looking for a job offered by the man now suspected of killing her.

Nineteen-year-old Michael John Anderson now faces murder charges after police say he posted an ad on a popular Internet bulletin board and then killed the woman who answered it.

"Well, this is a very unusual homicide," explained David Muelken, with the Savage, Minn. Police Dept.

Katherine Ann Olson answered an ad for a nanny job that she found on Craigslist.com and was later found dead in the trunk of her car.

"She was so smart and so brilliant and had so many talents that she couldn't decide what to do," assured the victim's mother, Nancy Olson.

Her family describes Olson as very trusting and someone who would take babysitting jobs she found online.

There was never a problem, until Oct. 25, when the last ad she would ever respond to took her to Savage, Minn.

"Seemed kind of fishy, but she was just going to check it out, and meet them," said the victim's sister, Sarah Richter.

Then on Oct. 26, police discovered a blood-soaked towel along with Olson's purse in a trash can at a park in Savage.

They later found her car in a nature preserve.

Her body was in the trunk.

"It's not the typical by any means homicide where most of them, there's some type of a relationship," Cpt. Muelken added.

Police have yet to find a motive. They are charging the 19-year-old for her murder.

He was taken into custody this week at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport where he works.

When confronted with evidence, Anderson admitted he was present during the woman's slaying, but said the killing was committed by a friend of his who thought it would be funny, according to a criminal complaint.

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