NEWARK, NJ - An arrest was made Tuesday in murder of Sarah Butler, 20, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Conforti have announced during a press conference in Newark on Wednesday.
Authorities announced that they have arrested Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, of Orange, who is suspected of the murder of Butler. Wheeler-Weaver has been charged with one count of murder and one count of disturbing of human remains.
Butler was reported missing to the Montclair Police Department on November 23. Her body was discovered by law enforcement officers on December 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. An investigation by the Prosecutor’s Homicide Task Force led to Wheeler-Weaver being arrested last night.
Acting Prosecutor Murray commended the work of the Montclair Police Department on the missing persons investigation and she 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.
THE CHARGES AGAINST THIS DEFENDANT ARE MERELY ACCUSATIONS. HE IS
PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY