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.
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.