UPDATE: Steven Odegard turned himself in late last night. Arraignment is scheduled for 2 p.m. today, Dec. 17.
Authorities are on the hunt for Steven Odegard, the Dorchester man a grand jury says murdered 20-year-old Daniel Yakovleff.
According to a release from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, Odegard is on the run and police are urging anyone with information regarding his wherabouts to contact the Boston Homicide Unit at 617-343-4470 or by texting TIP to 27463.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 17, police discovered the body of Yakovleff with fatal stab wounds to the chest. Sources say Yakovleff was last seen leaving the Eagle bar in the South End on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and was found by authorities around 6:10 a.m. the following day.
According to sources familiar with the investigation, the third-floor tenant of the apartment located on 56 Tuttle St. in the Savin Hill area of Dorchester, Odegard, told police he had picked up two men at the Eagle and brought them back to his apartment. When he woke up the following morning, Odegard called police after finding one of them had been stabbed.
Forensic evidence generated by three modes of investigation indicated that the 41-year-old Odegard, who is HIV positive, pulled a knife from his kitchen and stabbed Yakovleff several times.
Authorities stormed Odegard's new apartment located on Dorchester Ave. on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 6 a.m. and he was not home.
"Investigators never gave up on bringing Mr. Yakovleff’s killer to justice and we won’t give up now," district attorney Daniel F. Conley says. "On the streets of Boston, in the sterile environment of a crime laboratory, and behind the closed doors of the Grand Jury, police and prosecutors worked hand in hand on a quiet, careful, methodical inquiry to build this case. We fully expect to hold him accountable for his actions."
Andrew Light, a former colleague who worked with Yakovleff for two years at the exclusive Liquid Hair Studios in Boston's South End, had reservations about Odegard in the beginning.
"None of us know who he is," Light said in a previous interview with Loaded Gun about Odegard. "The one thing I can say for sure is that Dan was a very good judge of character. I don’t think he would go home with some sketchy guy."
Contrary to initial reports suggesting the fatal stabbing was motivated by hate, Light believed Yakovleff was murdered by a gay man.
"I was so paranoid the first few days after finding out about Dan’s murder," he says. "I live two blocks from the Eagle and I double bolt my door now. It’s scary."
Light continues, "I’m more afraid of gay men now because I believe a gay man killed Dan."
Click here for the backstory on the Yakovleff investigation.
UPDATE: According to a Loaded Gun source who knew Odegard at one point, he has friends in Providence, Rhode Island and would go there often for support.