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U.S. Marshals join manhunt for 2000 cold case murder suspect

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Posted at 6:33 PM, Jun 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-30 19:30:20-04

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Marshals are trying to heat up a cold case. They have joined the search for Fethi Jelassi, 65.

Jelassi is accused of shooting and killing David Settle and his mother Patsy on June 22, 2000.

“Fethi Jelassi is dangerous,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal David Siler.

Police said Jelassi became a suspect shortly after the murders due to an alleged love triangle.

“David Settle and Fethi Jelassi shared an interest in a girlfriend. Fethi Jelassi was an extremely jealous man and apparently he wasn’t happy that his girlfriend was dating someone else,” said Siler.

U.S. Marshals believe he left the Cleveland area shortly after the murder. Authorities believe he went to New York and then may have fled to Morocco or Tunisia.

They now believe he may be back in the United States.

Siler said Jelassi still has a large number of friends and family in Northeast Ohio. They believe Jelassi is in contact with friends and family.

Authorities said he uses the following aliases: Frank Adams, Frank Jelassi, Omar Massadud, and Fethi Messaoud.

Siler said Jelassi is dangerous. “Any person who is willing to kill another man and woman over a relationship that went wrong, he should be considered armed and dangerous,” said Siler.

Anyone with information is asked to 1-866-4-WANT or 1-866-492-6833. There is reward money available and tips can be anonymous.

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