CHICAGO – Police are searching for the newlywed husband of a woman found fatally stabbed just hours after getting married.
Estrella Carrera's body was found in a bathtub in the silver sequin cocktail dress she wore at her wedding reception and possibly at the wedding itself, police said Tuesday.
The manhunt continued for 30-year-old Arnoldo Jimenez, who is wanted on a first-degree murder warrant in the slaying of Carrera, 26, shortly after they celebrated their marriage with friends, said police in the Chicago suburb of Burbank.
"It was a very brutal killing," Capt. Joseph Ford of the Burbank Police Department told The Associated Press later Tuesday. "We do our jobs every day, of course. But something like this really motivates you to work even harder."
It is possible that Carrera was also married in the short, shimmering dress in which she was killed, Ford said.
After they were married Friday afternoon at Chicago's City Hall, the couple had dinner with friends at a restaurant, then headed to a nightclub in a party limousine. They were last seen at 4 a.m. Saturday, and Carrera's body was found in her Burbank apartment Sunday.
The 6-foot, 220-pound Jimenez was last known to be driving a 2006 black Maserati. Since the killing likely took place just hours after the couple went to her Burbank apartment, the suspect had a day to leave the metropolitan area or even the state, Ford said.
Carrera, a mother of two small children, told nearly no one about her plans to get married, inviting a few friends out Friday without telling them what she was celebrating, her relatives said. Her body was found after family members became worried they had not heard from her and called police.
Some of those familiar with the couple said there had been incidents of violence during their two years dating, Ford said. But he added that authorities haven't yet found any records indicating Carrera ever filed a complaint against Jimenez.
"And we have no indications the two were arguing at any time during the (Friday and early Saturday) celebration," Ford said.
Carrera's family and acquaintances were struggling to comprehend how such a tragedy could happen during what should have been among the happiest days of the couple's lives.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.