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Search for a white Ford Fusion like looking for a needle in a haystack

Posted at 7:11 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 09:15:33-04

Police know the vehicle Steve Stephens was driving when he shot and killed a man and posted the video to Facebook. So why can't they find it? 

A News 5 investigation revealed that, because of the car's popularity, it's almost like looking for a needle in a haystack. 

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Stephens is believed to be driving a white 2016 Ford Fusion. 

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So how many are actually on the road? 

There were more than 15,000 Ford Fusions sold each month just this year. Last year, more than 250,000 were sold across the country. 

News 5 is waiting to hear back from the local DMV about numbers here in Northeast Ohio. We've also reached out to nearby states like Michigan, Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania for the same data. 

Airtracker5 was in the sky Sunday as police searched multiple cars matching the description but all leads ultimately led to a dead end. 

"I mean, a white newer model vehicle, there are thousands out there," Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said at a news conference Monday.

Stephens is reportedly driving a vehicle with the temporary tag E363630. If you see the car or the suspect you are asked to call 911. 

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