Updated 11:57 AM Tuesday, April 18:
The police started searching for the Facebook Killer Monday afternoon in at the Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park. Steve Stephens allegedly killed a man on Sunday and posted about it on social media.
Residents of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania have been told to be on alert, so there’s a lot of information swirling. Here’s everything we know so far about the Facebook Killer possibly being in Philly.
What we know
- There haven’t been any confirmed sightings in Philadelphia. Sources told Fox 29 reporter Dave Schratwieser that “all reports (were) generated by social media.”
- Police are searching around the Belmont Plateau area in West Fairmount Park after several 911 calls came in reporting that Stephens had been spotted there. But in a mid-afternoon statement Monday, they stressed there’s no evidence he’s here:
- Nine Philadelphia schools — eight elementary schools and Strawberry Mansion High School — were on lockdown. The lockdown was lifted at about 3 p.m.
- CNN reported Monday morning that a cell phone ping from Stephens was detected 100 miles east of Erie, Pa. It would take six and a half hours to get here from there.
What we don’t know
- Whether he’s in Philadelphia or was in Philadelphia. Again, sources told Fox 29 there were no confirmed sightings of Stephens.
- Much of anything about Stephens’ past, including what would draw him here. Police say he allegedly killed an elderly man in Cleveland and posted a video of it on Facebook Live. In the video, Stephens claims to have killed more than a dozen other people, but authorities in Cleveland say there’s no evidence of that yet.