Crime

New Clues Emerge About Facebook Killer's Location

| by Alex Scarr

Authorities may have found a new possible lead in locating Steve Stephens, the Cleveland man who used Facebook to broadcast a seemingly random murder April 16.

Police in Pennsylvania told CNN April 17 that they had located a "ping," or signal from Stephens cellphone about 100 miles east of Cleveland in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Erie police department could not confirm the accuracy of the location or the existence of such signal.

People in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana, and New York have been told by local police to keep an eye out for Stephens, who appears to have fled Cleveland after the murder.

Stephens posted a video on Facebook depicting him choosing Robert Goodwin, 74, seemingly at random. He then asks Goodwin to "do me a favor" and say the name "Joy Lane." Police say Joy Lane is the name of Stephens' girlfriend, with whom he had been fighting. Goodwin insists he does not know anyone by that name. Stephens shoots him.

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The video remained on Facebook for more than three hours before being removed, according to the New York Post.

"We're still asking Steve to turn himself in, but if he doesn't, we'll find him," said Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams, according to CNN. "We're not going to stop until we find him."

"If you think you're helping Steve, you're really not. You're going to get yourself in trouble."

Williams said his department and federal agents have searched dozens of locations around Cleveland and have yet to locate Stephens.

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In the video, Stephens claims to have killed more than a dozen people, although police say they have no reason to believe there are any other victims.

Lane gave a statement to WOIO after the shooting.

"We had been in a relationship for several years. I am sorry that all of this has happened. My heart & prayers goes out to the family members of the victim(s). Steve really is a nice guy... he is generous with everyone he knows."

"He was kind and loving to me and my children. This is a very difficult time for me and my family."

Stephens' mother said she saw Stephens the day of the shooting but does not figure to see him ever again, according to CNN.

Stephens worked for Beech Brook, a behavioral health agency that helps children, according to The New York Times.

"We were shocked and horrified yesterday to learn about the situation involving the threats by Steve Stephens and the tragic shooting of Mr. Godwin,” said a statement from Beech Brook. Stephens made a point of showing his Beech Brook ID during the video.

Sources: New York Post (2), CNN, New York Times, WOIO / Photo credit: Facebook via New York Post

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