Garfield Heights Murder Suspect Still on the Run

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One of Cleveland's most wanted fugitives has been on the run for nearly two months. The U.S. Marshals Office is asking the public for help in tracking down a convicted killer who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend to death.

Marlon Ricks, 41, of Garfield Heights, is accused of murdering his girlfriend and then dumping her body at his sister's home.

Back in March, 25-year-old Danielle Coleman, of Oakwood, was found stabbed to death in the backyard of a home on Grace Avenue in Garfield Heights. Police say Ricks took off and has not been seen since. Ricks is 6'1" and weighs 188 pounds.

According to investigators, Ricks spent 20 years behind bars for murdering his stepfather in 1990. In April 2011, he was paroled from prison for good behavior.

The victim's mother, Judy Coleman, said, "I never in my wildest dreams thought he would have killed my daughter."

Coleman said Ricks went to church with her family. Just a few days before her daughter was murdered, Coleman urged her daughter to end her relationship.

"This has become a mission for me. I can't rest even though my daughter can't come back. I'll do everything I can to make sure Marlon is captured and brought to justice," said Coleman.

The U.S. Marshals Office has featured Ricks on the "Dangerous Dozen" list, but so far, his whereabouts remain a mystery.

Assistant Deputy Chief Andrew Deserto said, "The goal with the 'Dangerous Dozen' is to identify the worst 12 offenders. The ones who are the hardest to find."

For now, the feds have focused their attention on Ricks.

"Danielle believed in giving people a second chance. She knew Marlon had spent time in jail, she wanted to give him a second chance," said Coleman.

Anyone with information about Ricks' whereabouts is being asked to call the U.S. Marshals Office at 866-4WANTED. Cash rewards leading to an arrest are being offered and callers can remain anonymous.

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