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'Facebook killer' Steve Stephens found dead after police chase.

A nationwide manhunt for a man accused of murdering an elderly man on Easter Sunday and posting a video of the crime on Facebook has ended after he was found dead in his car.

Police confirmed that Steve Stephens’ body was found in a vehicle in Pennsylvania, nearly 48 hours after he went on the run after he shot and killed 74-year-old Robert Goodwin Sr.

According to NBC News, a citizen called a tip into police after a car matching media reports of the one Stephens’ was driving was spotted near a McDonald’s.

Facebook Killer found dead
Steve Stephens took his own life after a short police pursuit. Image via Facebook.

After a brief police pursuit, Stephens is believed to have taken his own life.

"This started with one tragedy, and ended with another person taking their own life," Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said in a press conference.

He added that while he was grateful the hunt for Stephens had ended, he would have preferred to find him alive.

"Loss of life is a loss of life," he said.

Facebook Killer found dead
Steve Stephens was wanted after he shot and killed a stranger and posted a video of his crime on Facebook. Image via Cleveland Police.
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In the video posted to Stephens' Facebook account on Easter Sunday, the 37-year-old appears to randomly target Robert Goodwin Sr.

Stephen says the name of a woman, who Goodwin does not recognise, before Stephens tells him "she's the reason this is about to happen to you".

Goodwin shields his face with a shopping bag before he is killed.

Speaking to the media, Goodwin's grieving relatives remembered their loved one as "a good man" who would "give you the shirt off his back".

Robert Godwin shot
Robert Godwin was shot and killed in a random attack. Image via Facebook.

In the video, Stephens claimed to have killed more than a dozen people and pledged that he would "keep killing until [the police] catch me".

Several states were on high-alert until police tracked Stephens down.

Despite his death police are determined to find out the motivation behind the murder.

"This is still an ongoing investigation," Williams told the press.

"We are going to find out what happened."

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