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One year later, law enforcement still looking for accused murder suspect

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MILWAUKEE -- One year later, law enforcement continues to look for 30-year-old Jose Louis Discua-Bados in connection with the brutal murder of his estranged wife, Dayanna Garcia.

24-year-old Garcia was murdered in broad daylight on January 3rd, 2012 near 13th and Montana on Milwaukee's south side. Garcia's grandmother witnessed the murder.

Discua-Bados is accused of beating Garcia with a two-by-four and stabbing her approximately 12 times.

On the anniversary of Garcia's death, Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy Romo-West is organizing a day of action for Dayana. The day of action is focused on finding her estranged husband. 

"We have to find this guy. There's just absolutely no way we can let him be on the loose to possibly victimize someone else," Romo-West said.

Investigators say they have chased leads over the last few months, including locations where the fugitive may be. Investigators say about two weeks after the murder, Discua-Bados placed a phone call to Milwaukee from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"He called a friend here -- someone he referred to as 'a mentor,'" Milwaukee Police Officer Randy Smith said.

Investigators say Discua-Bados hinted he could come back to visit the victim's grave, but police do not believe he ever did.

Some of the tips and rumors have investigators searching for information out of the Discua-Bados' native Honduras. However, police believe he wouldn't be welcome there because a gang believed the fugitive was related to a Honduran general accused of beating and torturing people more than 20 years ago. That gang is believed to have beaten Discua-Bados, and forced him to run.

"They beat him very severely -- broke his nose, broke his ankle, so we're told he had to flee for his life," Smith said.

The hearsay in Honduras led police to look into leads in neighboring El Salvador with no results.

Another rumor police are looking into is whether Discua-Bados cut his hand off with a machete and died in Mexico from his injuries.

"I've heard some crazy things before, but that's got to be at the top of the list," Smith said.

All of these leads have led Garcia's family no closer to closure. 

"We still have a lot of pain in our hearts, but it's something that we're going to have to heal from," a family member of Garcia said.

On the anniversary of Garcia's death on Thursday, friends and family members will regroup at the scene of the crime to remember Garcia and hope someone can help catch her accused murderer.

At 7:20 a.m. (the time Garcia was murdered) there will be a balloon launch in her honor, and at 4:30 a candlelight vigil will be held.

Anyone with information is asked to contact law enforcement at (414) 297-3707.

Discua-Bados has been featured on FOX6's Wisconsin's Most Wanted: