New Jersey police are searching for a woman who they say murdered her wife by beating her to death with a wine chiller inside their home over the weekend.
via Mail Online:
The Ocean County prosecutor on Tuesday announced murder and weapons charges against 48-year-old Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus in the death of her wife, 32-year-old Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus.
Mayra is not currently in custody and is a fugitive. A manhunt is under way to find her.
According to a statement from the prosecutor’s office, on Sunday police in Brick Township were called to an apartment on Creek Road for a report of an unresponsive woman.
Officers arrived to find Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus dead in an upstairs bedroom. The next day, a medical examiner ruled her death a homicide.
Rebecca’s wife fled the scene after the attack, according to the authorities.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Mayra allegedly used a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine to bludgeon her spouse of nearly two years to death.
‘The injuries sustained by Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus were consistent with the implementation of this item,’ the statement read. ‘Further investigation ultimately determined that Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus did, in fact, cause the victim’s death.’
A warrant has been issued for Mayra’s arrest listing charges of murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. As of Wednesday afternoon, the suspect has remained at large.
‘Our focus now is to find Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus and bring her into custody,’ Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer stated.
The deadly domestic attack came a week after Mayra posted a fawning status update on her Facebook page written in English and Spanish, expressing her love for Rebecca and wishing her a happy Mother’s Day.
‘Mi amor gracias for all the uncountable ways you make this little crazy family… and my entire life better with every moment. (“You know what’s up” I truly blessed that you are my wife. Te amo PRECIOSA. Hoy mañan y siempre. Happy Mother’s Day Mi Amor!!
Authorities have not said what prompted the attack or what led them to believe Mayra was responsible for it.
Let’s hope they find her — because this is truly awful.