Police in New Jersey are searching for a woman charged with murdering her wife, authorities said.
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, of Brick Township — about 50 miles east of Trenton — was charged with the May 17 murder of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, 32, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Brick Township Police announced in a joint statement.
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
On May 17, Brick Township Police were called to a home on Creek Road for a report of an unresponsive female and found the lifeless body of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus in an upstairs bedroom.
The next day, an autopsy determined Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus' manner of death was a homicide.
A subsequent investigation revealed that she was killed by Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus with "a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine," the joint statement said.
The injuries she sustained "were consistent with the implementation of this item."
A warrant for the arrest of Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus has been issued.