December 07, 2009
Glen Wilner, Assistant Chief Deputy, USMS Florida Regional
Fugitive Task Force
William Sorukas, Chief,
Domestic Investigations, USMS,
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
The U.S. Marshals have added to their “15 Most Wanted” list of
fugitives a man suspected of killing four relatives Thanksgiving Day
in Jupiter, Fla.
Paul Michael Merhige, 35, allegedly opened fire on his family,
killing four people, including his twin sisters, one of whom was
pregnant, a 79-year-old aunt and a six-year-old cousin, and wounding
a brother-in-law and another man.
Merhige was invited to, and attended a family Thanksgiving dinner in
Jupiter on Nov. 26. After dinner, Merhige left the house for a
short period of time. When Merhige re-entered the residence, he
reportedly began shooting the family members without provocation.
Merhige immediately fled the scene in his blue 2007 Toyota Camry.
“The callousness of Merhige’s calculated, vicious acts against his
own family is unimaginable,” said John F. Clark, Director of the
U.S. Marshals Service. “We are fully committed to locating and
apprehending this fugitive and making him answer for these horrific
Paul Michael Merhige is a white male, five-foot-eight-inches tall,
weighing 200 lbs. Merhige has an arrest warrant for four counts of
first degree murder with a firearm (premeditated) and two counts of
attempted first degree murder with a firearm (premeditated).
Merhige is considered to be armed and dangerous. If you have
information about his whereabouts, contact your nearest U.S.
Marshals office or call the Marshals 24-hour hotline at
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