A subsequent investigation found that Rebecca was killed with "a cylindrical container used for the purpose of chilling wine," the statement from the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and Brick Township Police read. Authorities said Rebecca's injuries "were consistent with the implementation of this item."
A warrant for Mayra's arrest was issued after investigators "ultimately determined that Mayra Gavilanez-Alectus did, in fact, cause the victim’s death," according to authorities.
Earlier this month, Mayra paid tribute to the woman she's accused of killing in a Mother's Day post, writing on her Facebook, "Mi amor gracias for all the uncountable ways you make this little crazy family … 😥 and my entire life better with every moment."
"I truly blessed that you are my wife," she continued, adding in a message written in Spanish, "I love you BEAUTIFUL 🥰 Today tomorrow and always."
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Multiple agencies — including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Department of Homeland Security and United States Marshals Service — are assisting the investigation, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer and Brick Township Police Chief James Riccio.
“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," Billhimer said in a statement on Tuesday.
Those with information regarding Mayra's whereabouts are asked to 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.
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