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48-year-old Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus is facing murder charges in the death of her wife, 32-year-old Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus.
A manhunt is under way to find Mayra, as authorities say she is “currently a fugitive,” who is also facing charges for weapons offenses, including unlawful possession.
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
Earlier this month, Mayra paid tribute to her wife in a Mother’s Day post, writing on Facebook, “Mi amor gracias for all the uncountable ways you make this little crazy family … and my entire life better with every moment.”
“I truly blessed that you are my wife,” she continued. “I love you BEAUTIFUL. Today tomorrow and always.”
According to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio, multiple agencies — including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security and United States Marshals Service — are assisting the hunt for Mayra, per PEOPLE.
“Great teamwork by all of the respective law enforcement agencies and officers involved in this investigation. Our focus now is to find Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus and bring her into custody,” Billhimer said in a statement on Tuesday