N.J. cops seek 'fugitive' accused of killing her wife with wine chiller

Janelle Griffith

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. (Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)
Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus. (Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

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.