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The Latest: Man charged in slaying of actress, yoga teacher

WASHINGTON – The Latest on the killing of a Washington, D. C., actress and yoga teacher who went missing on Christmas day (all times local):

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The police in Washington have a charge Maryland man with first-degree murder in the death of an actress and a yoga teacher who disappeared at a Christmas party.

Metropolitan Police said in a news release that the 29-year-old Adrian Duane Johnson of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, was charged Tuesday. He was arrested after the body of the 46-year-old Tricia McCauley of Washington was found in her car late Monday.

Authorities say an autopsy showed McCauley’s death by strangulation being strangled by a ligature and blunt force trauma.

Friends say McCauley was expected on a large christmas dinner Sunday. If McCauley missed a flight to visit family on the west coast, friends notified the police.

The researchers do not believe McCauley and Johnson knew each other.

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Washington, D. C., actress and yoga teacher who went missing on Christmas found dead, and a suspect is in custody, police said Tuesday.

Tricia McCauley, 46, was found dead in her car, interim chief of police Peter Newsham announced at a press conference. There were signs of trauma to her body, but more will be known about how she died, or if an autopsy is completed, ” he said. The police do not believe McCauley and the suspect knew each other, and they do not know how the suspect found McCauley, ” he said. The police expected to identify the suspect Tuesday afternoon, he said.

The last known contact with McCauley was around 4:30 pm Sunday, Newsham said. McCauley was expected with a large Christmas dinner that night, but host Bill Largess said on Tuesday they had not arrived when they were ready to start. The next morning, friends learned that she missed a flight to visit family on the west coast.

The police linked the suspect to her car as a result of a robbery at a CVS on Monday, Newsham said. Officers responded to a sighting of the car and found it. When she went inside a nearby CVS, they found the suspect, who gave them the key. Police found McCauley reacts in the car and she was pronounced dead early Tuesday, according to the police report.

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