Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio announced that Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus, 48, of Brick Township has been charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3a(1) in connection with the death of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus, 32, of Brick Township.  Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus was also charged with Unlawful Possession of a Weapon in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5d, and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4d.  Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus is not currently in custody and is currently a fugitive.

On May 17, 2020, Brick Township Police were summoned to a residence on Creek Road for a report of an unresponsive female.  Upon arrival, Officers found the lifeless body of Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus in an upstairs bedroom of the residence. On May 18, 2020, the Ocean County Medical Examiner performed a post-mortem examination of Ms. Gavilanez-Alectus’ body, and determined the manner of her death to be a homicide.  A subsequent investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Brick Township Police Department Detective Bureau, and Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit revealed that both the victim and the defendant resided at the Creek Road address.  The investigation further revealed that a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine was utilized in the commission of the murder.  The injuries sustained by Rebecca Gavilanez-Alectus were consistent with the implementation of this item.  Further investigation ultimately determined that Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus did, in fact, cause the victim’s death. A warrant for the arrest of Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus has been issued.

Prosecutor Billhimer and Chief Riccio would like to acknowledge the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Brick Township Police Department, Brick Township Police Department Detective Bureau, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, United States Marshals Service,  for their cooperative assistance in this investigation.  “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.  Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus should contact Detective Ken Steinberg of the Brick Township Police Department at 732-262-1113 or Detective John Carroll of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit at 732-929-4760, ext. 3964,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.

The public and media are reminded that all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law