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Illinois police on the hunt for groom of slain bride found in bathtub

Just two days after her wedding, Estrella Carrera, 25, was found stabbed to death in her own bathtub. She was still in the dress she wore at her wedding reception. WMAQ-TV's Lauren Jiggetts reports.

Burbank, Ill., police are on the hunt for the husband of a newlywed woman found stabbed to death in her bathtub over the weekend.

Arnoldo Jimenez, 30, and Estrella Carrera, 26, were married on Friday, just two days before Carerra's body was found by authorities during a search prompted by worried family members.


Jimenez hasn't been seen since, officials said. A Cook County judge issued a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday.

Still wearing wedding dress, woman stabbed to death in bathtub

Following a City Hall wedding ceremony, the newlyweds rented a party limo and celebrated their new union with a group of friends and family, ending the evening at a night club on the north side of Chicago, officials said.

The pair were last seen together at about 4 a.m. Saturday, officials said. Roughly 36 hours later, Carerra's body was found. Officials confirmed she was still wearing her silver-sequined wedding dress.

"It was a very brutal killing," Capt. Joseph Ford of the Burbank Police Department told The Associated Press Tuesday. "We do our jobs every day, of course. But something like this really motivates you to work even harder."

Investigators said there were no signs of forced entry into the bride's apartment.

Jimenez was known to be driving a black, four-door 2006 Maserati with Illinois license plates. According to The Associated Press, he had tried to keep the impending wedding secret from most of Carrera's family.

Carerra called one of her cousins, Sandy Lopez, and invited her to the party but said nothing about a wedding, The Associated Press reported.

"She didn't want to tell me she had gotten married," she said. "She didn't tell anybody besides her father the day before." 

The couple had reportedly been dating for two years prior to getting married. Carrera had two children, aged two and nine.

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