Actress and Yoga Instructor, Tricia McCauley’was found dead in her car after she was reported missing by friends when she did not show up to Christmas dinner
The Washington D.C. based actress and yoga instructor who disappeared on Christmas was found dead in her car early Tuesday, police and family members said.
D.C. police announced on Tuesday that they found the body of a woman they identified as Tricia McCauley, 46, who went missing on Christmas Day while on her way to a holiday dinner at a friend’s house.
While addressing a press conference on Tuesday morning, Interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said trauma was visible on the body, although the death has not yet been officially ruled a homicide.
In a Facebook post Tricia’s brother, Brian McCauley, said his family’s wait for her return was ended by police who brought them the tragic news.
“Tricia is gone, they have found her body,” Brian McCauley wrote.
“Thank you all for your work, support and love. To all of her D.C. family, I know she truly thought of you that way, thank you for being there for her all these years. Hang on to each other.”
In the hours after her disappearance, police released photos of McCauley’s car and a man they believe was driving the vehicle.
Earlier DC police released this photo of Adrian Duane Johnson who they have charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of Tricia McCauley.
A man walking his dog around midnight Tuesday spotted a car similar to the description of McCauley’s two-door Toyota Scion near the 2200 block of M street and called the police, who found McCauley’s body inside.
Chief Newsham told the Tuesday morning news conference that a suspect was arrested shortly after midnight in the 2200 block of M Street NW after a tipster recognized the Macauley’s white two-door Toyota Scion hatchback and called police.
Around 10:50 p.m. on Monday, surveillance video showed the suspect driving McCauley’s car, a white Toyota Scion, from CVS on Rhode Island Ave. That is the same location where police said the suspect committed acts of robbery and assaulted.
Police released the following photo of the suspect. They do not believe McCauley and the suspect knew each other.
Tricia McCauley who starred in several short films and served as a stand-in for Jenna Dewan Tatum in “Step Up,” has been in the District for nearly 30 years. She was a graduate of American University. Her friends and family describe her as a beloved yoga teacher, an actor and herbalist.
“She is one of the kindest and most gentle people that I know,” said Kate Debelack, McCauley’s friend. So to think that someone could have harmed her is awful.
DC police are asking for the public’s help if they have any information about the suspect or had seen something relating to events leading to the the death of the actress on December 26.
Tricia McCauley (right) seen in a production as ‘Maria’. Megan Dominy (left) played the role of ‘Helen’
The Washington Post reported that Chief Newsham said authorities the suspect was arrested near the car and his name is slated to be released later Tuesday
“we do not believe at this time that the suspect knew the victim,” Newsham said.
The chief saidinvestigators need the public’s assistance in filling in the details of what occurred between McCauley’s disappearance and the discovery of her body, which is why they released a photograph of the suspect.
DC police investigators at the location where the actress was found dead in her car
“We do need the public’s help. We have a timeline that we would like the public to pay particular attention to,” Newsham said, listing the sightings of both their suspect and McCauley in the window of time the yoga instructor had been missing.
According to CBS News authorities were pointed in the direction of the suspect because he allegedly, robbed a CVS at some point amidst McCauley’s disappearance and assaulted the employees, prompting law enforcement officials to search for him
An autopsy has not yet been performed, though there is evidence of trauma to McCauley’s body, Newsham said.
Police have not yet officially ruled her death a homicide.