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Murder Fugitive Could Be In This Area-Brevard NC


Last updated 5/25/2020 at 2:37pm

Ryan Kedar

Authorities said they have reason to believe that a fugitive wanted by the Greenville, S.C., Sheriff's Office for first-degree murder might be in the Brevard-Asheville area.

The Transylvania County Sheriff's Office confirmed that on Wednesday that they were searching forest land in Transylvania County following up on a tip regarding suspect 49-year-old Ryan Dusha Kedar's whereabouts.

Kedar is alleged to have killed Mark Jermon, 58, at Herdklotz Park in Greenville, S.C. on Feb. 26, and the U.S. Marshall's Office is offering a $5,000 reward, in addition to a $2,000 reward by Crime Stoppers of Greenville, for information leading to his arrest.

According to a U.S. Marshals' press release, days after the shooting, investigators found Kedar's SUV abandoned off South Buckhorn Road near Paris Mountain State Park in upstate South Carolina.

More than 100 law enforcement officers searched the park that weekend but were unable to locate Kedar.

Police believe Kedar conducted extensive research into locations around Brevard and Asheville, as well as the purchase of a used car in the Greenville area, possibly looking for a private seller to avoid having to register the vehicle, said the release.

Kedar, who was born in Israel, received an undergraduate degree from the University of Tel Aviv and served in the Israeli Army. He received a graduate degree from the University of Washington.

While he should be considered extremely intelligent, investigators say he may display socially awkward behavior.

Police say Kedar enjoys camping and Hiking, and he is known to have visited numerous state and national parks.

He may be staying for brief periods in hostels and motels in the mountains of South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky or Virginia.

According to the release, he may have changed his appearance. He should be considered armed and dangerous. Investigators are asking those who live in the area to be aware.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on Kedar's whereabouts to call 1-877-WANTED-2 (1-877-926-8332) or Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME. Tips may also be submitted via the USMS Tips application.

The U.S. Marshals Service is the federal government's primary agency for fugitive investigations. U.S. Marshals task forces combine the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the most dangerous fugitives.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at


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