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Reward Offered, Funds Raised After Murder of Montclair 20-Year-Old

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - Sarah Butler, 20 of Montclair, had been missing since November 22, her family says. On Thursday morning, her body was found at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange. 

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Montclair Police Chief Todd Confort determined the death to be a homicide by the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.

Butler had been reported missing to the Montclair Police Department on November 23, 2016 after having last been seen in Orange, NJ in a dark blue Dodge Caravan.

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Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the murder of Butler, says police officials

The investigation is active and ongoing at this time. No further information is available at this time.

On Friday night, family and friends gathered outside of her father's home on New Street to offer condolences. Her family has set up a GoFundMe Page that has raised nearly seven-thousand dollars since Friday.

The statement on the page reads, "We have lost a beloved member of our family and there are NO WORDS for the pain and sorrow that we feel. Sarah was a happy, caring and kind young lady who was ADORED by her family and friends. A freshman in college, Sarah loved to dance and was a lifeguard for the YMCA. Sarah shined a light on this world that we will NEVER be able to replicate or replace."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432.

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