1 week later, still no sign of murder suspect Markeith Loyd

- UPDATE:  Markeith Loyd has been captured.  We are posting updates here.   We are expecting a news conference within the next hour and we will stream this live on our website and on our Facebook page.

 

One week into the manhunt for the man suspected of gunning down an Orlando police officer, tips continue to come in, authorities say. 

It was last Monday morning that Officer Debra Clayton was killed by Markeith Loyd outside a Walmart, near Princeton Street and John Young Parkway.   Loyd, 41, is wanted for questioning in the killing of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.

 Sheriff Jerry Demings says new information is coming in every day.  

"Overnight, we had several additional tips come in that look promising to us, so we're still very very much focused on bringing to justice this individual," said Sheriff Demings.

He says he and Orlando Police Chief John Mina are working hand in hand to hunt down Loyd.  

"We believe he's going to be captured soon. It's only a matter of time," said Chief John Mina. 

A memorial for Lt. Clayton continues to grow outside the department’s headquarters in Downtown Orlando.

The search for Loyd led dozens of police officers and deputies to the Rosemont neighborhood Sunday evening.  Neighbors watched as armored vehicles moved down the street.

"I was scared at first. I'm not going to lie,” resident Justine Clark said. “I closed all the blinds."

Investigators confirmed they were searching the woods near the old, abandoned Rosemont Golf Club for Loyd.  Dozens of officers carried M-16's and had tactical gear on their backs.

"I've been on alert...high alert...very high alert," Clark said.

Police say they were not working on any specific tip, but the golf course was just a large area that had gone previously unsearched.

The Rosemont neighborhood was the scene of an intense manhunt for Loyd in the hours immediately following Lt. Clayton being gunned down.  That search came up empty, but the Chief Mina says his team is ready to go on a moments notice. 

"We have a  lot of resources that are dedicated to capturing him. We have a teams in place ready to go should we have a tip where he is," said Mina.  "Beyond that, we are still doing a  lot of things behind the scenes to find out where he is." 

Both Mina and Demings say that, while you might not see the same obvious police presence you did in the hours after Lt. Clayton's murder, investigators are very busy around the clock looking for Loyd.  

"A lot of the stuff we do is covertly, not overtly so you might not see the resources," said Sheriff Demings.

Both the sheriff and the chief realize the community's fear, but urge patience.  

"We see the community's frustration and we're frustrated and we're angry as well. No one wants him behind bars more than the family and Debra Clayton's police family," said Chief Mina.

There is now a $125,000 reward for information leading to Loyd's arrest. Call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477) with any information.
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