Police have charged the boyfriend of Waterville's Melissa Sousa with her murder.

According to Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland, Nicholas Lovejoy, 28, described as Sousa's longtime boyfriend, has been charged with her murder.

McCausland said the body of Sousa, 29, was found in the basement of her Waterville apartment house on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The decision to charge Lovejoy was made by the Maine Attorney General's Office this afternoon, as State and Waterville Police continued the investigation into the discovery of Sousa's body, McCausland said.

According to McCausland,  Lovejoy  remains at the Kennebec County Jail.  He was arrested by Waterville Police late Tuesday night for having a loaded rifle in his vehicle.  He was informed of the murder charge at the jail a short time ago and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon at 3 p.m., McCausland said.