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Fundraiser for suspect reward

Family and friends lit candles at a vigil for Stephanie Gonzalez Estrada two weeks ago at a barbecue fundraiser.

Submitted/Gonzalez family

ELKO — A barbecue fundraiser at Elko City Park increased the reward for a local murder suspect to more than $23,000.

The second-annual Justice for Stephanie barbecue, thrown  last month by the family of murder victim Stephanie Gonzalez Estrada, netted $7,000 this year.

The reward fund, housed at the Elko Federal Credit Union, is intended for any tip that leads to the capture of Eduardo Puentes Estrada, who is the only suspect in his estranged wife’s murder.

Gonzalez Estrada was killed June 25, 2011, after which Estrada disappeared.

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This year’s barbecue featured food, music and a raffle.

Anyone with information about Estrada’s whereabouts can call the Elko Police Department at 777-7300 or the America’s Most Wanted tipline at 1-800-274-6388.

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