CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) –
Authorities are offering a $50,000 reward for the arrest of Steve Stephens, the man accused of publishing video of a murder to Facebook this past week.
The money comes from the FBI, ATF, and U.S. Marshals Service.
Local and federal law enforcement agencies across northeast Ohio and surrounding states remain on the lookout for Stephens.
The Facebook murder suspect, Steve Stephens, was not captured overnight, and police fear he could have escaped the immediate area into a surrounding state. People have been asked to remain vigilant in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Michigan.
“This is a national search,” Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said Monday.
Williams has said that detectives were in contact with Stephens via cellphone after the weekend homicide, but they were unsuccessful in convincing him to turn himself in to police custody.
Despite Stephens’ claims, there is still no evidence to prove his claim of killing more than a dozen people.
“We’re still imploring Steve to turn himself in,” Williams said Monday.
According to CNN, the Cleveland Police Department received more than 300 tips Sunday night on the location of Stephens, but none of the tips led to an arrest. A ping from the suspect’s cell phone was even detected in Erie, Pa.
Though they’ve received dozens of tips, Cleveland police are asking for more and say they’re following up on every one.
“We are going to make this individual’s world very, very, very small,” said Pete Elliot, with the U.S. Marshals Service.
Description of Stephens
- He is described as a black man
- 6 foot 1, 244 pounds
- Bald with a full beard
- Wearing a dark blue and grey or black striped polo shirt
- White or cream-colored Ford Fusion
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