• State troopers searching for wanted fugitive potentially seen in St. Augustine area

    By: Brittney Verner , Action News Jax

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    The search for one of Florida's most wanted fugitives is now centered in Northeast Florida. 

    Eric Ritter, 45, has been on the run for 17 years after killing three people in a car crash in November of 2002 in Orlando. 


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    St. Johns County deputies posted on social media a progressed photograph of what they believe Eric Ritters may look like.

    An alleged crime stoppers tip said Ritters could be in the St. Augustine area.

    Now police are asking for the communities help finding him.

    The crash happened in Orlando in November of 2002.  

    Police said Ritters was driving 97 mph in a 45 mph zone and smashed into a stopped vehicle. Ritters has been on Florida Highway Patrol’s most wanted list since the crash.

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    However an alleged crime stoppers tip stated he may have been seen recently in St. Augustine and that’s left neighbors like Levi Moore concerned.

    “That’s a little nerve-wracking makes me want to be on edge an alert make sure that I’m aware of my surroundings.

    During that crash three people died -- Kenneth Moore and Asundra Currie who were both 41 at the time and Carolyn Mitchell who was 44.

    Ritters has been wanted on three counts of vehicular homicide ever since.

    There were also two other people in the car with Ritters during the time of that crash and police say he was allegedly driving while under the influence when the crash happened.

    If you see Ritters or have any information on this case there is a $5,000 reward, contact Crime Stoppers and remember you can remain anonymous.

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