$50,000 reward in search for Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens

Steve Stephens (Photo courtesy: Cleveland police)

CLEVELAND-- There is now a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of accused killer Steve Stephens.

Stephens, 37, shot and killed a man on East 93rd Street in Cleveland Sunday afternoon, Cleveland police said. The murder was posted on Facebook.

The FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and U.S. Marshals provided the money for the reward.

“We definitely want to get it resolved as quickly as possible. The victim’s family deserves it,” Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said.

Steve Stephens' actual car (Photo courtesy: Cleveland police)

Williams said investigators have no reason to believe that Stephens is no longer driving his white Ford Fusion. There is typically a crime involved if a suspect switches vehicles during a manhunt, Williams said.

According to the police chief, authorities searched several locations tied to the suspect and recovered weapons and other items. Williams declined to give specifics on those exact locations.

He told reporters investigators contacted people Stephens has been speaking to and those individuals are cooperating with police.

Williams also said there is no truth to reported sightings of the suspect in Philadelphia. On Sunday night, the Cleveland Division of Police warned residents in surrounding states to be on alert for Stephens.

The victim, 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr., was the father of 10. His family issued a plea to Stephens to surrender to police.

While Stephens claimed on Facebook to have killed more than a dozen people, Cleveland police emphasized there are no other known victims.

Anyone with information about the suspect's whereabouts should call 1-800-CALL-FBI. If you see Stephens, do not approach. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Cleveland police said the news conference would begin at 3 p.m. 

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Mayor Frank Jackson says there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Steve Stephens. He calls the search “aggressive and focused.”

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Reward money coming from FBI, ATF and US Marshals.

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“We definitely want to get it resolved as quickly as possible. The victim’s family deserves it,” says Police Chief Williams.

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Williams again encourages Stephens to contact a friend, family member or clergy.

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Williams says they have received dozens and dozens of tips. They are investigating every one of them.

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Chief says they have no reason to believe that he is not driving his white Ford Fusion. There is a usually a crime associated with switching vehicles, Williams says.

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Chief of police says no truth to reported sightings of Stephens in Philadelphia. 

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Williams says they’ve located a lot of the people he’s been talking to and they are cooperating. 

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“Be careful, unfortunately we’re in an era where things like this happen,” Williams says. “We have to be careful, we have to be vigilant, we have to watch over each other.”

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Williams says they have searched several locations tied to Stephens and recovered weapons.

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Chief Williams says they cannot focus on one issue that may or may not have lead to this. He’s not going to speculate of a motive.