It's fairly apparent that the police knew who they were looking for rather quickly after the murder occured:
01/25/07 - Pennsylvania State Police learn that on the morning of 01/25/07, Officer Brent Riddick, Virginia Beach Police, obtained the registration number for a silver/grey Nissan Xterra SUV with dark trim and three brake lights. Said registration came back to "Enterprise Leasing Company", Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, Va.. Further investigation revealed that said vehicle was rented by accused Cuadra on 01/23.
02/03/07 - Investigators interview one Ryan Anderson via telephone. Anderson identifies the individual as one Harlow Cuadra, of Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Prior to 02/10/07, an investigator with the Pennsylvania State Police reviewed financial and credit card activity related to Cuadra pursuant to this investigation.
I am quite certain they would've kept tabs of Cuadra's credit card activity from that point forward as well.
02/10/07 - Harlow and Joe sold numerous items at the Superior Pawn and Gun Shop on 02/10/07, the same date of the search warrant service at their residence.
02/10/07 - Investigators with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Virginia Beach Police Department interview Confidential Informant #1.
The pawn shop doesn't open until 9 a.m., which was several hours after the raid, so it's apparent Harlow and Joe where in the area on the 10th. It'll also be interesting to see exactly what these "numerous" items are that they sold.
During the interview with informant #1, there's no mention of investigators asking where Harlow and Joe are.
02/12/07 - Investigators interview the parents of accused Kerekes at their residence located on Dandelion Crescent, Virginia Beach, Va. While investigators were there, Kerekes phoned the residence at least 3 times. On each occasion Kerekes refused to speak with the investigators, and related to his parents that he did not want them to speak with investigators, and then abruptly terminates the conversations.
Subsequent to the search conducted at the accused's residence, it is noted that neither Cuadra nor Kerekes have been observed at same. It has been observed that the parents of Kerekes have been at the residence on multiple occasions, and have been observed removing multiple items from therein.
Once again there's no mention of investigators asking Kerekes' parents the whereabouts of Harlow and Joe. It's also evident that Harlow and Joe's house was under surveillance.
03/09/07 - A video is posted on Boybatter.com titled: Drake & Harlow: Beach Bubbles Bird. This video was shot at the Clinton Hotel in S. Beach/Miami, and even shows a Miami Beach police car while Harlow and Drake are on the beach in the begining of the movie.
03/16/07 - A video is posted on Boybatter.com titled: Drake & Harlow Jack Off Part 1. This video was shot at the Clinton Hotel in S. Beach/Miami.
It took me less than 2 hours to figure out which hotel the video was shot at, I can only imagine it took investigators even less. With the police car in the video, it was a dead giveaway as to the location.
Several law enforcement officers, including F.B.I. from Florida are/were listed as witnesses.
On 03/03/07, at a time registered at 1014 am, the following message was forwarded via "myspace.com/harlowcuadra" to Grant Roy; "hey grant its harlow so when we gonna start filming? U know we had an agreement Joe"
On 03/03/07 at a time registered at 1015 am, the following message was also forwarded via "myspace.com/harlowcuadra" to Grant Roy; "you need to make some king of contact with us before I tell them you hired us joe"
On 03/03/07 at a time registered at 1017 am, the following message was also forwarded via "myspace.com/harlowcuadra" to Grant Roy; "and we all know what u said to us at the avn in vegas and we have it on tape recorder and out conversation at le Cirque is recorded as well dont fuck with us"
On 03/03/07 at a time registered at 1043 am, the following message was also forwarded via "myspace.com/harlowcuadra" to Grant Roy; "we are going to visit san diego this week or next and we need to meet we hope to see u soon"
On March 14, 2007, three respective federal search warrants were served: one on the MySpace account of Harlow Cuadra and one on the MySpace account of Joseph Kerekes.
Once these search warrants were issued, it would have been fairly easy for investigators to determine from what location these emails where forwarded/sent from.
03/21/07 - Investigators with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Virginia Beach Police Department interview Confidential Informant #2.
Once again, there's no mention of investigators inquiring to the whereabouts of Harlow and Joe.
Sometime in early April 2007, Harlow and Joe changed their mailing address from 1028 Stratem Ct. to 3436 Dandelion Cr., Virginia Beach, VA... which at the time was Joe's parents house. I asked someone involved with the case in May 2007, after their arrest if "they (Harlow & Joe) knew what was coming", the answer I got was "I seriously doubt they thought anything was coming based on their actions, but I imagine that they have a different opinion now."
I would also like to point out that early in the investigation, it was determined what the IP address was issued/assigned by Sprint PCS for a mobile air card used for internet access with a laptop computer owned by Harlow and Joe. It would only seem logical that police would have constantly monitered the activity from this air card, and its connecting location(s).