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Alleged killer stalked woman before she went missing, indictment says

Alleged killer stalked woman before she went missing, indictment says


Ellen Weik - Provided by West Chester Police Department
© Provided by West Chester Police Department Ellen Weik – Provided by West Chester Police Department


Michael Strouse stalked Ellen “Ellie” Weik for eight months before he killed her, according to a grand jury indictment filed Tuesday.

Strouse was indicted on nine criminal counts, including aggravated murder, murder, menacing by stalking and gross abuse of a corpse.

Weik reported to West Chester Township police in April that she was being harassed. At the time, an officer wrote that Weik received “harassing text messages from an unknown person.”

Weik’s friends told The Enquirer that the messages contained photos of herself inside her home. The photos, taken outside, were sent from an unknown phone number.

Strouse allegedly engaged in a pattern of menacing conduct, causing Weik to fear physical harm and endure mental distress, according to the indictment.

He also allegedly trespassed on property where Weik lived, worked or attended school; tampered with evidence; and committed petty theft.

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