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Husband sought in Elko woman’s death

 

ELKO — Area law officers are still searching for the estranged husband of a woman who was found dead in her home Sunday in what is believed to be a homicide.

Police are on the lookout for Eduardo Puentes Estrada, 29. He recently returned from visiting his brother in Arizona, and was seen at 6 a.m. Saturday with his wife, Stephanie Gonzalez Estrada, 29, at their 84 Garcia Lane residence.

According to Elko police Lt. Richard Genseal, family members reported her missing because she had not shown up for work at the Scoreboard Sports Bar & Casino in Spring Creek, and had not contacted anyone in her family by phone, which was unusual for her. Family members found her purse, cell phone and car keys in her home.

Officers obtained a search warrant on Sunday for the home. After a short search, investigators found Estrada’s body hidden under clothing in a bedroom. Genseal said there were indicators her death was a homicide.

The cause of death will not be determined until the Washoe County Medical Examiner performs an autopsy.

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According to Genseal, the Estradas have three children together, none of whom were at home at the time of Stephanie Estrada’s death. Genseal said they have been placed with family.

Eduardo Estrada’s 1999 Chevrolet Malibu was located Monday at Sunrise Apartments, but as of Monday evening he was still at large. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Estrada is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information should call Elko Central Dispatch at 777-7300 or the Elko Police Department at 777-7310.

According to Genseal, the public was not notified of the incident until Monday morning via press release because Stephanie Estrada was not located until Sunday, and the department had to verify her death was a homicide.

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