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Ohio vacationers tipped Fla. Police to Ohio homicide suspects

Updated: Tuesday, April 8 2014, 06:20 PM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. -- Investigators in Florida were tipped off on the location of Ohio homicide suspects Matthew Dowdle and Eve Kelley by two Ohio girls on vacation who were in the right place at the right time.
Friends Stephanie Anderson and Sarah Coyle didn't just see Dowdle and Kelley once on Saturday, they ran into the fugitive couple twice and got involved because the pair was hanging out in a grocery store parking lot, begging for money.
Both girls say they had a bad feeling about the two, and were concerned what they would do to other vacationers if they were, in fact, the accused killers.
“Someone comes up missing, it's going to take forever for anyone to even notice because they're on vacation,” Anderson said. “I'm like, 'No,' It just felt wrong, so I’m like, ‘No, we have to do something.' "
The girls had heard a local news blurb about the suspects on the run in Central Florida and took interest because they, too, are from Ohio.
As the story goes, they were approached by Kelley while inside a local convenience store. Believe it or not, Kelley was admiring their beach shirts.
Hours later, Coyle and Anderson said they saw the pair again, this time outside of a Winn-Dixie.
And once again, they were approached by Kelley.
“We’re out of money,” she said. “I hate to bother you girls again, but do you have some money?’ We were like, ‘No,’ and rolled up the window.
“We were just like, ‘That’s them.’ ”
The girls pulled up the news story on their phone and said they saw Dowdle’s neck tattoo in the wanted photo, which they said was the same one on the man in front of them.
And they also say that the Ohio license plate tag was a match.
So they called 911 and police quickly spotted the vehicle.
Moments later, the two bailed in a Walgreens parking lot but didn't make it far thanks to some heads up work by Coyle and Anderson.
“We're on vacation from Ohio," Coyle said. "How weird is that, that when were on vacation that this happens?"
On Tuesday, NEWS9’s Ryan Eldredge learned that investigators from the Ohio Valley have made their way down to Florida.
It's unclear exactly what if any role they'll play in the extradition hearings of both Dowdle and Kelley. The pair is expected to appear in a Florida court sometime this week.
Stay with NEWS9 and for all the latest.

Ohio vacationers tipped Fla. Police to Ohio homicide suspects

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