Users from 4chan’s /pol/ network claim to be in contact with Steve Stephens, a man currently sought in connection with a homicide he filmed and shared on Facebook.
As CNN reports, the hunt for 37-year-old Steve Stephens continues. Officials are currently offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
Prior to Facebook’s shutdown of Stephen’s profile, the suspect’s phone number was visible for quite some time.
It appears members of /pol/ got Stephen’s number – either from screenshots of his Facebook profile or elsewhere – and are engaging in communication with him.
According to a tweet from @polNewsNet, the motive behind texting Stephens is to help authorities *ping* his location with each response.
Here are screenshots shared by the Twitter account.
According to ABC7, the search for Stephens is now nationwide.
“He could be nearby,” said FBI agent Stephen Anthony. “He could be far away or anywhere in between.”
The outlet also reports that Stephens worked as a job counselor for teens and young adults.