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Manhunt begins in Fargo for husband of slain Illinois woman after his car is found downtown

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FARGO - Police are investigating a vehicle found in downtown Fargo that authorities say may be linked to a case in Illinois in which a pregnant woman was stabbed to death yesterday.

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Fargo Police Lt. Pat Claus said the discovery of the car in a parking lot at 7 8th St. N., was prompted by a citizen who reported a suspicious vehicle.

He said a check of the car led police to discover that it may be linked to a Wednesday homicide in Villa Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb.

Police said they are seeking 31-year-old Eric Gilford of Downers Grove, Ill., and said he should be considered armed and dangerous. They are asking anyone who sees him to call 911.

Gilford is the husband of the victim, according to a Fargo police news release.

According to an online story published by the Chicago Tribune, Gilford is being sought for questioning in the death of a downers Grove, Ill., woman.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was visiting a friend in Villa park when she was stabbed Wednesday afternoon, the Tribune story quotes police.

The story said the killing was witnessed by the victim's young daughter.

A Villa Park resident who discovered the body told the newspaper that when she opened the back door of the residence the victim's daughter approached her covered in blood and said "her ma got stabbed."

Villa Park police described Gilford as 6-feet, 4-inches tall, 210 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

He was driving a black 2008 Dodge Charger with military plates 41279US.

Gilford's Facebook page shows a post Saturday stating: "The police detectives found my wife living at her physically abusive ex-boyfriends house."

His profile on the social networking site also states he is employed by the U.S. Navy, that he is married and he is interested in women.

Anyone with information about Gilford's whereabouts is asked to call Fargo police at (701) 235-4493.

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