Manhunt Goes Nationwide As Stephens Falls Photos Surface

Cleveland Police Say Facebook Killer Suspect Could Be Anywhere

Dave Debo
April 18, 2017 - 5:52 am

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(WBEN/AP)  Authorities have expanded their search for alleged Facebook killer Steve Stephens and  the Niagara County's Sheriff's Office is on alert after photos surfaced of Stephens on Goat Island in front of Niagara Falls.

Stevens is suspected of gunning down a retiree and posting a video of the crime on Facebook this past weekend. His so far unfounded claims that he has killed others, and the brazen way he allegedly showed off the crime has added urgency to a manhunt that centers around Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and New York, but has gone nationwide. 

"This individual is armed and dangerous, and quite frankly at this point he could be a lot of places," said FBI Special Agent Steve Anthony during a briefing in Cleveland Monday. 

The Niagara County  Sheriff's office tells WKBW that the Goat Island photo alone does not indicate he is currently in the Falls area, and while the photo is not necessarily current it does suggest they are concerned he might have possible ties to the area. 

 Meanwhile, WGRZ TV reports that Orelans County Dispatchers did take a tip Monday that Stevens car was on Route 104 in Orleans County.  It was just a tip and turned out to be a different car than the white Ford Fusion that Stevens is reportedly driving.

On Monday ABC News reported that Stevens cell phone signal had been traced to a location near Erie, Pennsylvania.

Police say Stephens, 37,  killed 74 year old Robert Godwin Sunday afternoon in what appeared to be a random shooting while the retiree was picking up aluminum cans. Stephens then uploaded the gruesome video of the killing to Facebook.

Authorities are searching multiple states for Stephens, who is considered armed and dangerous. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture and prosecution of him.

Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams says authorities have already searched every location Stephens has been associated with in the Cleveland area.

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