A 26-year-old man police say killed his wife at a Dunkin Donuts in Hanover in 2015 was added to the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list Tuesday.
The agency is offering up to $100,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, who authorities say stabbed his wife, Palak Patel, 21, multiple times with a large knife in the backroom of the doughnut shop on April 12, 2015.
A video released by the FBI shows both Bhadreshkumar and his wife working on the day of her death, walking off screen behind some racks in the kitchen together.
He re-emerges back on camera without his wife, turning off an oven and leaving the scene.
Palak's aunt, Arun Patel, told The Capital in 2015 that Palak had told a family member on the night of her murder that she wanted to return to India and asked for a ticket for April 17.
Lt. John Poole said the two were having a dispute prior to Palak's death but did not specify what it was about.
Bhadreshkumar was charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, and a weapons offense in connection with her death.
A federal arrest warrant was also issued a week after Palak's death as Bhadreshkumar was charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.
Now two years after the killing, the FBI is upping the reward.
The investigators involved in the case described Palak's death as a brutal one and something that would elevate her alleged killer to the attention of the FBI.
Gordon B. Johnson, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Baltimore Field Office, said the agency considers two factors when listing a suspect.
"(One) is the level of violence involved in a crime and this is obviously horrendous and a terribly violent crime," he added. "The other factor is the impact it will have putting them on this list. The notoriety that goes with this, both nationally and internationally, we think that that's significant and will have (an) impact on the leads that come in on this case."
Investigators said he was last seen taking a hotel shuttle to Newark Penn Station in New Jersey on April 13, 2015 around 10 a.m. There was no new information on his whereabouts.
The agency placed a large "Wanted" poster with his face in Times Square in New York City back in 2015, as investigators believed Bhadreshkumar may have been receiving help from family or friends in the area at the time.
Johnson said Tuesday there was no evidence that suggested Bhadreshkumar's family helped him escape.
Police said in 2015 Bhadreshkumar, originally from Kantrodi Ta Viramgam, Gujarat, India, had a visa to be in the U.S., but it had expired a month prior to Palak's death. Anne Arundel police chief Timothy Altomare said there still was no evidence that Bhadreshkumar was able to "legally" flee the country.
The FBI said he may have fled to India or possibly Canada and that he has ties to New Jersey, Kentucky, Georgia and Illinois.
Johnson added that "for someone to go off the grid like this, for this length of time, we really believe that people know him."
"People may be interacting with him and not realize what he's done or they could even illegally be helping him, so that's why we want to bring attention to this," he said.
Altomare said the additional attention was welcome.
"In cooperation with the FBI, the Anne Arundel County police believe we will certainly locate Bhadreshkumar and provide justice for Palak that her family desperately seeks in order to find closure."