‘We will bring closure to this’: Authorities ‘following up on every lead’, pledge to find Facebook murder suspect

(Murder suspect Steve Stephens, and Ford Fusion police are looking for )

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Authorities say they have not located Facebook murder suspect Steve Stephens despite hundreds of tips from across the country.

Police say Stephens, 37, murdered a man on East 93rd Street Sunday afternoon.

Stephens posted video of the crime on his Facebook page, then in a series of other live videos, claimed to kill others. According to Cleveland police, 74-year-old Robert Godwin, Sr. was the only victim.

During a press briefing Tuesday morning, Police Chief Calvin Williams said despite Stephens’ threat, no further victims have been found so “we’re confident there are no more …but we still continue to search.”

Authorities said they’ve gotten over 400 tips nationwide in the case.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said that based on past cases that “in my opinion…either he’s dead somewhere or someone’s holding him up somewhere. We’ve seen a little bit of both over the years.”

Williams emphasized that if anyone feels they’ve spotted Stephens or his vehicle, they should call 911 or their local law enforcement jurisdiction so authorities can respond as soon as possible.

“We are going to get this individual one way or the other,” said Elliott.

Stephens is 6 foot 1 and weighs 244 pounds. He is bald with a beard. Police said he was last driving a white 2016 Ford Fusion with temporary tag E363630. Williams told reporters on Monday there is no reason to believe the suspect is no longer driving that vehicle.

Investigating agencies and Crime Stoppers are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s capture.

If you see Stephens, please call 911 immediately. Anyone with additional information or tips should dial 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Continuing coverage of this story here.

FBI most wanted poster for Steve Stephens

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Mayor Frank Jackson thanks the family of the victim — “They’ve demonstrated in this tragedy that they have forgiven and they have come together in a way that they’ve asked us as a community to forgive and begin to heal.”

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Chief Calvin Williams: We still have not located Steve. If there is a perceived sighting of Steve or his vehicle, dial 911.

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Williams: We’ve gotten tips from as far away as Texas

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Williams: Call 911 or your local jurisdiction so they can get officers there right away if you think you spot him or his vehicle.

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Williams: Stephens’ vehicle is not equipped with a GPS system, so it cannot be tracked. 

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Williams: We have received almost 400 tips nationwide.

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FBI’s Stephen D. Anthony: A federal warrant has been issued for Stephens, meaning any jurisdiction can take him into custody.

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Anthony: We wish we could provide more information or narrow the search. 

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U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott: We are going to get this individual one way or the other. 

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Elliott: We will follow up on every single lead. 

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Elliott: “I’m very optimistic we will bring closure to this.”

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Williams: Last time anyone had communication with Stephens was the day of the incident. 

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Chief Williams says authorities are not sure if Stephens is alive or not.

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Elliott: “In my opinion…either he’s dead somewhere or someone’s holding him up somewhere. We’ve seen a little bit of both over the years.”

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Elliott: Rest assured we are following up on every single lead.

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Chief Williams said authorities haven’t found any more victims, so “we’re confident there are no more victims, but we still continue to search.”

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Chief Williams: We are using every investigative tool at our disposal.

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Cleveland PD spokesperson Jennifer Ciaccia: From a public safety standpoint, make sure you are sharing information that is accurate. Rumors can be spread very quickly…don’t share the video of the criminal act. 

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Press conference concludes