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UPDATE 2/21/2018: Homicide Suspect in Custody:
A nationwide manhunt for a homicide suspect is over after the suspect was taken into custody Monday morning in Alpharetta, Georgia. At approximately 9:30 AM, Joshua Keravuori, (02/18/1999) told a city bus driver in Alpharetta he had a warrant and wanted to turn himself in to authorities. The bus driver immediately called police and the suspect was taken into custody. He is currently being held on a warrant for grand theft auto and murder charges are pending. Karavuori will be extradited to Brevard County as soon as the process allows.
The nationwide search began on Wednesday, February 7th after the body of 65-year-old Terry Hilliard was found inside a room at a local motel. The suspect had fled in the victim’s vehicle which was recovered later that day in Hialeah. Surveillance video clearly showed the suspect at the motel with the victim the day before the body was found. On Wednesday afternoon detectives viewed additional video of the suspect at the gas station in Hialeah where the victim’s vehicle was recovered. The suspect was confirmed in Silver Spring, Maryland late last week but detectives were not able to locate him.
Nationwide bulletins were issued and the suspect’s photo was broadcast on national media outlets and on as many media platforms as possible. “We are grateful to our media partners for getting the word out which yielded numerous leads,” said Sgt. Doug Levine of the Criminal Investigations Division. “Our entire agency worked tirelessly on this case. The cooperation with state and federal agencies played a significant role in our ability to safely bring this suspect in.” The investigation is ongoing.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division have identified a suspect wanted in connection with a homicide that occurred last week. The suspect is identified as Joshua Reece Wilson Keravuori, (DOB 02/18/1999). Keravuori is a white male, 5’8” weighing approximately 150 lbs., black hair and brown eyes.
Detectives are working with the U.S. Marshal’s Office to locate him.
On Tuesday, February 6th, the suspect was seen checking into the Dixie Motel at 301 Forrest Avenue in Cocoa. He was with the victim, Terry Hilliard, 65, of Ocala. Hilliard’s body was discovered just after 11 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 7) inside the motel room. By then, the suspect had fled the area in the victim’s vehicle, a black Chevy Cruz. The vehicle was recovered in Hialeah on Wednesday (Feb. 7) afternoon. The suspect is believed to have also fled the South Florida area.
Detectives have followed numerous leads at locations outside the State of Florida but have so far been unable to locate the suspect. His last known location was in Silver Springs, Maryland. “We need anyone who knows Mr. Keravuori, who can provide relevant information to contact us as soon as possible,” said Sgt. Doug Levine of the Criminal Investigations Division. “If anyone has seen him in the last 24-48 hours please contact us. Do not approach him or speak with him. He could be armed and we do consider him dangerous.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact their local law enforcement or the Central Florida CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). Callers will remain anonymous and can be eligible for cash rewards of up to $5,000 in this case.
Image and Press release provided courtesy of the Cocoa Police Department