Prosecutor: Body found in farm field is missing West Chester woman

Suspect in murder of missing West Chester woman to be in court Monday
West Chester police arrested Michael Strouse, 29, for the murder of Ellen Weik, 23. (West Chester PD)
West Chester police arrested Michael Strouse, 29, for the murder of Ellen Weik, 23. (West Chester PD)

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - The body found in a farm field Friday is a 23-year-old West Chester woman reported missing three weeks ago, Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser said Sunday.

Ellen Weik's mother reported her missing on Aug. 1.

"In my opinion, it is her," Gmoser said. "I am 100 percent certain. I want this guy charged. I want him off the streets."

Her body, however, has yet to be positively identified by the county coroner.

That likely will not occur for another week or so due to the condition in which it was found, according to the prosecutor.

Police arrested and charged Michael Anthony Strouse, 29, with Weik's murder early Saturday.

He was held without bond all weekend at the Butler County Jail and is due in Area Two Court in Hamilton at 10 a.m.

West Chester police found Weik's body Friday afternoon in the field off Millikin Road near Maud Hughes Road in Liberty Township during a search of the area, authorities said.

That location is close to Strouse's residence in the 6000 block of Bluffs Drive.

Gmoser commended West Chester police for staying quiet about the case while it remains under investigation and for their "outstanding" work on it with other authorities including the FBI and Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Strouse has convictions for crimes including public indecency and burglary, court records show.

He was sentenced in September 2015 to three years probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for the burglary offense, but it ended early at the end of 2017 because he complied with all conditions and had shown good behavior, records state.

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