Updated 07/25/2012 – 12:51 pm
...getting some action on the vehicular homicide of Sister Jacqueline Walsh on Monday, July 9th.
On Tuesday morning, just over two weeks following her death, Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has ponied up a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay.
The authorities have always had a pretty definite idea of who dunnit and what the suspect looks like, but it wasn't until five days ago the name and photograph of their "person of interest" was finally released.
"We know who the driver of the car is and there are police officers right now on the street trying to locate him," Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota told the media on July 10th.
And that was the extent of the information released while speculation was rife that because the suspect's employer had influence in high places, if some sort of sinister cover up wasn't going on, then at least some sort of accommodation was being made.
Not surprisingly, The New York Post fanned the flames... what better to titillate their strap-hanging readership than an unseemly death in The Hamptons in the Summer?
New speculation continues unabated, that the suspect has eluded the U.S. Marshals Service and already fled the country back to his native Guatemala, or that he's living on the run, changing locations up to five times a night in a desperate attempt to avoid capture.
(Can a cable Lifetime or Vatican-TV "Movie of the Week" be far behind?)
Meanwhile, a woman died in Water Mill and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are short one of their own.27East:
Most of this "new" reportage simply invites speculation.
"Police said on Friday they believe Mr. Ixpec-Chitay received assistance in getting transportation out of the area, but they declined to say by whom."
Well, there's a big red, white and blue question mark right there!
"Sag Harbor attorney Edward Burke Jr. ... said that Mr. Zaro, who was in New York City at the time of the fatal accident, has been cooperative with police....
Police have declined to comment on whether Mr. Zaro has cooperated with the investigation."
He did, or did not... which is it?
"Det. Sgt. Costa said police have not ruled out filing other charges in the case but declined to comment further, citing the ongoing investigation."
So many questions implicit in the report... but so few hard answers.
There are questions going to be raised about this entire matter, and the longer Señor Ixpec-Chitay stays on the run, the tougher those questions are going to be.