Detectives in New York are offering a $2,000 reward to help catch the man suspected of killing a Lancashire football coach.
Michael Jones, 25, from Tarleton, near Preston, was stabbed to death on Sunday, October 7, 2012.
He was found close to Union Square with stab wounds to his neck and torso. His ear had also been severed.
His family flew out to the United States to meet with police leading the search for chief suspect Orlando Orea, who is thought to be on the run in Mexico.
Michael’s dad Perry Jones said: “After speaking with the lead detective at NYPD assigned to the case after Michael was murdered, we are satisfied that everything that could have been done, has and is being done. He assured us that Michael’s case was a top priority and we believe him.
“We met with the District Attorney who explained in great length about the legal complexity of the case due to the suspect absconding to another country.
“She informed us that there is a reward on offer, but couldn’t disclose any further information.
A former Tarleton High School pupil, Michael played for Tarleton Corinthians FC before moving to America to coach youngsters for the New York Red Bulls.
On the night he was murdered, he had been out with friends in the city’s West Village.
He began to walk towards his girlfriend Bryeanna Murphy’s apartment in the East Village and had been speaking to her on the phone just minutes before he was attacked.
Police initially believed it was a case of mistaken identity and that Orlando Orea, a Mexican who was living in the country illegally, had thought Michael was a man he had earlier argued with in a bar.
But officers now think Orea was trying to take advantage of a woman before Michael walked past and intervened.
The woman escaped to safety, but Orea is thought to have chased after Michael, pulled out a knife and stabbed him multiple times.
Michael’s body was found at around 4.25am.
Two days later and hours before his name went on a ‘no fly’ list, Orea, who has previous arrests for assault and for violating a protection order taken out by the mother of his child, caught a flight to Mexico City from Kennedy Airport.
Orea’s family are from Puebla, a picturesque mountain town in Central Mexico.
The pony-tailed suspect is believed to have fled back to his hometown, which has a population of 2.5 million and lies around 90 minutes drive east of Mexico City.
Puebla authorities and press believe finding him in this region will not be easy, as the geography makes it easy to hide.
Three NYPD detectives were dispatched to Mexico to aid in the search for the 32-year-old.
A team of investigators from the Manhattan South homicide squad and intelligence division met in Mexico City with the PGR, the office of the attorney general of Mexico.
But the manhunt for Orea hit a brick wall after detectives returned home empty-handed.
Interpol have flagged Orea’s name, meaning if he attempts to flee to a third country he will be stopped.
Mr Jones said: “On Monday we laid flowers on the walkway at the side of the road where Michael lost his life.
“We are told that he fought a ferocious battle before he was senselessly and mercilessly slaughtered,
“We want him to rest in peace now, but our fight has only just begun.”