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The Bobster
12-02-2016, 05:35 AM

Missing College Student Found Dead in New Jersey
Published 3 hours ago | Updated 2 hours ago


Police found the body of a missing New Jersey college student as they searched a reservation in the state this week, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said.

The remains of Sarah Butler, 20, were found on the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Butler, of Montclair, was a second year at New Jersey City University in Jersey City.

She was reported missing to the Montclair Police Department on Nov. 23 and was last seen at a recording studio in Orange, New Jersey, according to her sister.

The cause of her death is unknown and the New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine how she died.

Police said that the Homicide Task Force is taking part in an ongoing investigation.

Investigators ask anyone with information to call the prosecutor’s tip line at (877) 847-7432.

The Bobster
12-13-2016, 03:28 PM

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder in Death of Missing New Jersey College Student Found Dumped in Woods
The body of 20-year-old Sarah Butler was found Dec. 1 in Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange
Published 4 hours ago


A 20-year-old New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to murder and other crimes in the death of a college student whose body was found at a state forest reserve eight days after she was reported missing.

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, of East Orange, entered the plea in court Tuesday. He was arrested last week in the slaying of Sarah Butler, who was a second-year student at New Jersey City University.

Butler's mother, who cried throughout the hearing, at one point shouted, "My baby!"

Wheeler-Weaver is being held on $1 million bail as the case goes to a grand jury. It wasn't immediately clear if he or his attorney had additional comments on the allegations Tuesday.

Butler, of Montclair, was reported missing to the Montclair Police Department on Nov. 23 and had last been seen at a recording studio. Law enforcement officers found her body Dec. 1 in Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange.

Prosecutors say Weaver and Butler knew each other and spent time together at various points throughout the day before she was killed. Something happened, and police believe Wheeler-Weaver strangled the 20-year-old student, killing her, officials say.

He allegedly then took her car and dumped her body.

The Bobster
12-19-2016, 07:18 AM

Accused New Jersey College Student Killer Faces Charges in 2nd Murder
Published 16 minutes ago

Authorities say a man charged with murder in the death of a New Jersey college student is now accused of killing another woman.

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray told NJ.com on Sunday that 20-year-old Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, of Orange, is charged with murder in the death of 33-year-old Joanne Brown.

He was ordered held Friday in lieu of $5 million bail. It's unclear if he has an attorney.

Murray says Brown was last seen Oct. 22 in Orange. A work crew found her body Dec. 5 at a vacant house in Orange. Murray says she was strangled.

Wheeler-Weaver recently pleaded not guilty to murder in the strangulation death of 20-year-old New Jersey City University student Sarah Butler, whose body was found Dec. 1 in West Orange.

The Bobster
12-19-2016, 07:38 AM

Man charged with strangling college student accused of killing another woman
By Joshua Rhett Miller
December 19, 2016 | 10:04am

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, is charged with murdering Sarah Butler (inset), 20, and dumping her body. Essex County Jail; Montclair Police

A man charged with strangling a college student is now accused of killing another woman – who was found dead inside a vacant New Jersey home.

Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 20, of Orange, N.J., was charged with murder in the death of Joanne Brown, 33, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray told NJ.com. He pleaded not guilty last week to murder and disturbing human remains in the death of Sarah Butler, a 20-year-old New Jersey City University student whose body was found beneath leaves and debris in Eagle Rock Reservation on Dec. 6.

Wheeler-Weaver was charged on Friday in the second killing and was ordered held on $5 million bail, Murray told NJ.com, adding that investigators want to hear from anyone with information regarding the two murders.

“We are looking for anyone who has additional information to call the tips line,” Murray said.

Murray said Brown was last seen on Oct. 22 in Orange. She was reported missing days later and a work crew found her body at a vacant house, where she apparently killed. Autopsies showed that both Brown and Butler had been strangled.

“The connection between the defendant and the victim remains under investigation,” Murray told NJ.com.

Butler, meanwhile, was remembered as a college freshman who loved to dance and performed several times at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Butler also enjoyed playing volleyball and worked as a lifeguard at a YMCA in Montclair.

“As a 20-year-old college student, she had a bright and promising future ahead of her,” Jo Ann Short, president and CEO of the Montclair YMCA, said in a statement. “The mystery behind her disappearance and ultimate loss of life is unsettling. Her family is grieving and we pray for answers so their healing can begin.”

Butler was reported missing on Nov. 23, after failing to meet her family for a scheduled trip to Jamaica. Murray told reporters during a previously held news conference on the case that Butler and Wheeler-Weaver were at several locations together the day before in Orange.

Murray said they had a “slight acquaintanceship” but she declined to elaborate any further, saying there’s no indication that the two were romantically involved.

“This is a family’s worst nightmare,” family friend Pluchet Alexander told NJ.com. “She never did anything to anyone and was loved by all.”

Members of Montclair’s Premier Dance Theatre performed on Friday during Butler’s funeral, where crowds gathered for services following a vigil outside the family’s home.

Relatives of Wheeler-Weaver could not be reached for comment, NJ.com reports. It’s unclear whether he hired an attorney and prosecutors declined to discuss a motive in the killings.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call (877) 847-7432.

The Bobster
12-22-2016, 03:46 PM

Serial Killer Probe Opened After 3rd NJ Body Found: Sources
Khalil Wheeler-Weaver has pleaded not guilty to murder in the deaths of 20-year-old NJ student Sarah Butler and 33-year-old Joanne Brown
By Brian Thompson and Ida Siegal
Published at 11:44 AM EST on Dec 22, 2016

Authorities believe the 20-year-old New Jersey man accused of killing a college student and another woman in the last few months may be linked to a third slaying, and investigators are actively looking at him as a possible serial killer, law enforcement sources familiar with the probe tell NBC 4 New York.

The sources say Khalil Wheeler-Weaver is being investigated in the death of a missing 19-year-old Philadelphia escort whose burned body was discovered in an abandoned building in Orange, New Jersey. Though she has not been publicly identified, she was living at the Garden State Motel in Union Township when she disappeared, the sources say. She vanished in September.

It wasn't clear what investigators believed tied Wheeler-Weaver to the case, but the body of at least one of the other women he's accused of killing was found under similar circumstances.

He has not been charged with killing the 19-year-old woman. His attorney, Shevelle McPherson, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on a possible connection to the case.

On Tuesday, Wheeler-Weaver pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of 33-year-old Joanne Brown, who was last seen Oct. 22 in Orange and whose body was found in a vacant house in Newark on Dec. 5.

He has also pleaded not guilty to murder and other crimes in the death of 20-year-old Sarah Butler, a sophomore at New Jersey City University who was reported missing Nov. 23. The Montclair woman's body was found eight days later on the Eagle Rock Reservation.

Investigators said Butler and Brown didn't appear to know each other, but both were killed in the same manner: strangulation and asphyxiation. Police have not revealed potential motives in the slayings.

Wheeler-Weaver remains jailed on $5 million bail.

Butler's sister told NBC 4 New York Tuesday, before news broke of the possible connection to the third slaying, that she wasn't surprised Wheeler-Weaver had been accused of more deadly violence — but she did say she was stunned.

"Usually I just hear about this in movies," Aliyah Butler said. "I didn't think that things like this and people actually happened in the real world."

"Now I'm wondering how many girls he's hurt like this," she said. "I'm just hoping the number isn't large because what he did to my sister was terrible."

Asked whether they believe the deaths are the work of a serial killer, acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn Murray said Tuesday, "I'm not gonna comment on that."

McPherson insists her client is innocent and that prosecutors don't have enough evidence to connect him to the deaths of Brown and Butler.

She said Tuesday the evidence she has seen is "very circumstantial."

"They're trying to accuse him of this [second] crime, because manner of deaths are similar," she said. "If they're gonna try to secure a conviction based on manner of death, they're gonna have to come up with more than that."

NBC 4 New York has learned Wheeler-Weaver comes from a family that includes at least two law enforcement officers -- one a cop in East Orange who lives in his home and another who works for the Newark Police Department.

Wheeler-Weaver was most recently employed as a security guard for Sterling Security, a firm owned by two former Newark police officers. In that capacity, he worked at a Shoprite in Union Township.

The security firm didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.