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ELKO — An Elko man wanted by police in connection with the death of his wife was featured Friday on a new episode of “America’s Most Wanted.”

The show, which is on Lifetime network, focused on the details of the case involving Eduardo Estrada-Puentes, who is believed by authorities to have murdered his wife, Stephanie Gonzalez Estrada.

The show also highlighted some of the long-term abuse that occurred in their relationship. “(Eduardo) would push her around and stuff,” their 10-year-old daughter, D’Srey, said on the show. “She would have bruises on her legs and on her arms.”

Estrada-Puentes returned to his Elko home from Arizona in late June to visit family. During his visit, authorities said Stephanie presented Eduardo with divorce papers to sign. It is alleged that on the night of June 25, 2011, he strangled her and hid her body under clothes in a bedroom. Estrada-Puentes then took their three children to his parents’ home and left the area.

According to the show’s website,, Estrada-Puentes is thought to be in Idaho, Nevada or Mexico.

Estrada-Puentes is a SUR-13 gang member and has gang tattoos on his arms and his chest.

Elko police Capt. Will Lehmann said the AMW crew was in Elko a few months ago. The episode was originally slated to air in December, but was pushed back until last week.

Lehmann said the planned episode was kept “hush-hush” by the department so it could air at least once before Estrada-Puentes was alerted by friends or family.

The episode is slated to re-run at 6 p.m. Friday on Lifetime.

Patrick Carnes

The show also featured a Reno-area man who went missing last spring while traveling through northeastern Nevada.

Patrick Carnes was reported missing April 14, and authorities have searched the areas along Interstate 80 from West Wendover to Winnemucca for him and his dog.

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The World War II veteran was last seen by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper near Wells during a traffic stop. The encounter was caught on the trooper’s dash camera.

Days after Carnes was reported missing, his car was found off of the interstate at a turn-off near Winnemucca. Neither Carnes nor his dog were found, but Carnes’ personal effects were still in the car.

Anyone with information on either case can call 1-800-CRIME-TV.


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