Cocoa Homicide Suspect Turns Himself Over To Police In Alpharetta, Georgia
By Space Coast Daily // February 19, 2018
arrested in Alpharetta, Georgia
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – A nationwide manhunt for a Cocoa homicide suspect is over after Joshua Keravuori, 19, was taken into custody Monday morning in Alpharetta, Georgia.
At approximately 9:30 a.m.,Keravuori told a city bus driver in Alpharetta he had a warrant out for his arrest and wanted to turn himself in to authorities. The bus driver immediately called police and the Keravuori was taken into custody.
Keravuori is currently being held on a warrant for grand theft auto and murder charges.
The nationwide search began on Wednesday, February 7, after the body of 65-year-old Terry Hilliard was found inside a room at Dixie motel in Cocoa.
Keravuori fled in Hilliard’s vehicle and was recovered later in the day in Hialeah, Florida.
Cocoa Police say 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, according to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department.
The search stretched nationwide as bulletins were issued and Keravuori’s photo was broadcasted across national media outlets and other media platforms.
“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.”
Karavuori will be extradited to Brevard County as soon as the process allows.
The investigation is ongoing.
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