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New video, including audio, of Merhige released

By Al Pefley - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - Police and federal investigators have released new video of accused killer Paul Merhige, who is being sought in a Thanksgiving shooting spree.

They hope video of Merhige will provide the break they need in this case to finally catch him. By now, you've probably seen a photo of Merhige.

Chances are, there isn't a person in South Florida who doesn't know what he looks like.

But, now, we have video of him in which he's speaking, so for the first time you can hear his voice.

"My name is Paul Merhige, a senior at Gulliver Prep in Miami, Florida. I'm a kick off, extra-point and field goal place-kicker in my second season," Merhige says on the video.

Accused killer Paul Merhige made that tape when he was 17 or 18 hoping it would get him a football scholarship.

He's now a lot older, 35, but police figure his voice still sounds about the same and they want you to take a good listen to it.

"I have kicked 60 yarders in practice with comfortable distances up to 55 yards. I have 100-percent accuracy in extra points this season and 85 percent end-zone kickoffs. I am a scholar athlete, and I want to continue this dual program in college," he says on the video.

While he may have been a star on the gridiron in high school, Merhige is now a wanted killer.

He's the focus of a nationwide manhunt for killing four relatives on Thanksgiving in Jupiter.

His photos have been all over the news. Now, police hope someone will recognize his voice and turn him in.

"We want to give the public a voice to the pictures we've been distributing in case he's wearing glasses and hats and trying to disguise himself in any way. Somebody might recognize his voice. He appears to have a distinctive voice, a deeper voice," said Manny Puri, an official with the U.S. Marshals Service in Ft. Lauderdale.

Police say Merhige, wearing #99 in the video, sent the tape to colleges hoping a coach would offer him a football scholarship.

At times, the video even shows him winking, and at various times, laughing.

With the release of this latest video, the search for Merhige is heating up, and the Fox TV show "America's Most Wanted" plans to air a segment on the murders later this week.

"He's got the money. He's out there. He's got guns. He's really, really dangerous. And the public has to say if he's out there and can do this, everybody is at risk," said host John Walsh at a news conference in Miami earlier this week.

The U.S. Marshals Service says, to date, they've had about 200 leads and tips phoned in.

So far, Merhige has managed to elude them. He's now on their nationwide 15 Most Wanted List.

The entire video that shows Merhige speaking can be found on the Jupiter Police Department's website, http://www.jupiter.fl.us./ 

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