NEWARK, NJ - Authorities announced Tuesday that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Sarah Butler, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti.
Butler, a 20-year-old Montclair resident reported missing on Nov. 23, was found dead on Dec. 1 in Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange. An autopsy determined that Butler died as a result of compression of the neck and her death was ruled a homicide.
Wheeler-Weaver has been charged with one count of murder and one count of disturbing of human remains, according to authorities. An investigation by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force led to Wheeler-Weaver being arrested last night.
During a press conference Tuesday, Murray commended the work of the Montclair Police Department on the missing person investigation and also praised the efforts of the detectives and assistant prosecutors of the Homicide Task Force for their work on the investigation.
Wheeler-Weaver is being held in the Essex County Correctional Facility. Bail has been set at $1,000,000 by the Honorable Stephanie Ann Mitterhoff, J.S.C. Wheeler-Weaver will be arraigned in Essex County Superior Court at a later date.