Search for Facebook murder suspect: Police won’t stop until he’s in custody

CLEVELAND -- The manhunt for the suspect accused of committing murder live on Facebook has intensified as it enters its second day.

At a press conference Monday morning, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said officials searched dozens of locations for murder suspect Steve Stephens to no avail. "Steve is still out there someplace. We are asking the public to remain vigilant; go about your day but be careful. Call 911 if you see vehicle," Williams said.  Earlier, officials said officers are traveling two to a car today.

Williams said authorities will not stop searching until he's in custody. The chief also said as of 9 a.m., there are no other known victims.

All federal, local and state partners are working together to find 37-year-old Stephens. You can call 911 or I-800-CALL FBI if you have any information on the suspect's whereabouts.

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

The last location police had Steve Stephens at was at the murder scene location on Sunday, according to Williams.

Police said detectives did make contact with Stephens after the murder, but were not able to convince him to surrender.

Stephens is wanted for aggravated murder in the death of 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr.

Steve Stephens (Photo courtesy: Cleveland police)

Godwin was walking down East 93rd Street Sunday afternoon, when he was approached by Stephens, then shot and killed, police said. The murder was posted on Facebook.

Despite Stephens' claims of killing more than a dozen people, officials said Godwin is the only known victim at this time.

Cleveland police said those in Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana and Michigan should watch for the suspect. He may be out of Ohio at this time, police said. Chief Williams said investigators have no reason to believe that Stephens is no longer driving his white Ford Fusion with Ohio temporary tag: E363630. There is typically a crime involved if a suspect switches vehicles during a manhunt, Williams said.

Stephens is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should call 911 immediately. Out-of-state residents should contact their local authorities.

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Kara Sutyak April 17, 20179:00 am

Cleveland officials will be giving an update around 9 a.m. on the search for the suspect accused of murdering a man and putting the video on Facebook.

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Mayor Jackson gives condolences to family of Robert Godwin, Sr.

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Mayor Jackson: please do not make up things as you go along. 

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Mayor Jackson: we want the public to know that we are on it.

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Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams: searched dozens of locations for murder suspect to no avail. Steve is still out there someplace. We are asking public to remain vigilant; go about your day but be careful. Call 911 if you see vehicle.

Kara Sutyak April 17, 20179:04 am

We are not going to stop until he’s in custody, police chief says.

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All federal, local and state partners are working together to find Steve Stephens. 

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Call I-800-CALL FBI if you have any information on the suspect.

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Information on the suspect will also be on billboards.

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Chief Williams says to anyone who has contact with Steve — the only way to help him is to convince him to turn himself in.

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Chief Williams addresses what the family of Robert Godwin, Sr. told FOX 8 News Sunday evening, there are no legitimate GoFundMe accounts at this time.

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Last location police had Steve Stephens at was at the murder scene location on Sunday: Chief Williams

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Chief Williams wants to make sure people understand to aid a felon is a felony crime.

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Chief Williams says they searched high and low throughout the City of Cleveland; as of 9 a.m., there are no other victims of Steve Stephens.

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When asked of report of cell phone pinging in Erie, PA, Chief Williams says they do not know Stephens’ location at this time. 

Kara Sutyak April 17, 20179:13 am

Press conference has ended; police will provide updates as they get more information.