Greenville, SC – The U.S. Marshals are offering a $5,000 reward and the Crime Stoppers of Greenville are offering an additional reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted by the Greenville Sheriff's Office for first-degree murder.
The U.S. Marshals Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force is working with investigators from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office to search for Ryan Dusha Kedar, 49, a murder suspect who is accused of killing Mark Jermon, 58, at Herdklotz Park Feb. 26.
Days after the shooting, investigators found Kedar's SUV abandoned off South Buckhorn Road near Paris Mountain State Park. 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, North Carolina, 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.
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.
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.
Anyone with information on Kedar's whereabouts is urged 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.