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