Homicide Suspect in Custody

Monday, February 19, 2018 1:15 p.m.

Homicide Suspect in Custody

(Cocoa, FL)—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 Springs, 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.