Wanted man still sought

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Update: 10:00 pm, 5/11/17, Thursday 

MAHOMET — A man is hoping a new picture will help bring justice to his late wife. State police and immigration officials are teaming up to find the man who killed her.

They’re still looking for Esteban Juaraz-Tomas. He’s wanted in connection with the deadly crash which took a woman’s life.

Police say Tomas was drunk and driving the wrong way on I-74 when he hit and killed Jeannie Brady. Shortly after, her husband woke up to police knocking on his door, informing him of her death.

Five months have passed, and Eric Brady is still looking for answers, especially since Tomas is believed to be in the country illegally.

The release of the picture gives him hope the search is still active. He says he believes the new picture released was taken the day after the crash happened.

While police continue looking, Brady said he continues to battle his grief.  

“It’s an emptiness that is still lingering and will probably always be there,” said Brady.  

Brady was invited to Washington a couple weeks ago for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s announcement of the new VOICE office. He said it gave him a renewed sense of hope.

VOICE stands for Victims of Immigration Crimes Enforcement. Brady said the office will keep him in the loop with any updates they get on the search for Tomas.

Tomas is a 33-year old from Guatemala, about 5’5″, 140 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. Officials need your help because Tomas has several aliases: Esteban Tomas-Juarez, Edgar Gomez-Estrada, Tomas Esteban-Juarez, and Victor Ochoa. 

Original: 11:45 am, 5/11/17, Thursday

ILLINOIS — Authorities hope the public can help them locate a wanted man. Esteban Juarez-Tomas is accused of aggravated DUI for the January 1 fatal accident, on I-74.

Tomas is Guatemalan, 33 years old, 5’5″, 140 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He has multiple aliases including birthdates of 10/16/83 and 11/16/83, as well as names: Estaban Tomas-Juarez, Edgar Gomez-Estrada, Tomas Estaban-Juarez and Victor Ochoa.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

(888) DHS – 2ICE

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