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International Manhunt for Hit-and-Run Driver

Feds take search overseas to find driver in hit-and-run that killed Sister Jackie Walsh, reports say.

Federal agents are intensifying the hunt for the man believed to be responsible for the death of a beloved Syosset nun.

U.S. Marshals and Southampton Town Police nearly caught Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, 30, twice, missing him by minutes after a tip led him to his whereabouts, reported Newsday Sunday.

Those close to the case believe Ixpec-Chitay may have fled to his home country of Guatemala after the July hit-and-run in Water Mill that killed Sister Jackie Walsh, said the report

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Detectives said that Walsh, 59, was walking on Rose Hill Road in Water Mill at about 8:30 p.m. July 10 when she was struck and killed. Walsh had been at a retreat with her fellow Sisters of Mercy when she headed out for her nightly walk.

A 2009 Volkswagen Touareg was found abandoned with front-end damage about a half-mile from the scene, said Newsday. The vehicle belonged to Ixpec-Chitay's boss, Andrew Zaro, police said.

Though Ixpec-Chitay has not yet been captured, agents have taken two of his family members into custody, including , who was convicted in December of making a materially false statement to federal investigators. 

Grifhunter January 07, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Arrest this coward. Arrest those that hired him without confirming a lawful immigration status. Arrest anyone that allowed him to drive their vehicle. Arrest the politicians that have allowed our country's borders to become so pourous so as to allow any criminal to come and go as they please. Because all are accessories to Sr. Jackie's homicide.
SyossetReader January 07, 2013 at 09:21 PM
Arrest photosynthesis for creating the oxygen this man breathes.

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