MONTCLAIR – A missing 20-year-old township woman whose body was found a week later in an Essex County park was the victim of a homicide, prosecutors said Friday.

Sarah Butler was found Thursday in the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange.

She had been reported missing Nov. 23.

The New Jersey Regional Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday that the death was a homicide. Prosecutors did not release other details.

Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura’s Crime Stoppers Program is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-847-7432.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-438-1015 or email

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