Authorities positively ID body as woman reported missing
WEST CHESTER, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in Ohio have positively identified a body found in a field last week as that of a woman reported missing a few weeks ago.
The Butler County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified the body as 23-year-old Ellen Weik, of West Chester Township. She was reported missing Aug. 1.
West Chester police arrested Michael Strouse on a murder charge in Weik’s death on Saturday, a day after the body was found in Liberty Township. Investigators allege in a complaint filed in Butler County Municipal Court that the 29-year-old Liberty Township man caused Weik’s death “by asphyxiation” at his home.
Strouse’s bond is set at $2 million. His attorneys didn’t immediately return a call to their offices seeking comment Tuesday.
Strouse is scheduled for a court hearing Wednesday.