PG man charged with murder in yoga in­struc­tor’s death

Woman went miss­ing Christ­mas Day

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - BY RYAN M. MCDER­MOTT

Metropoli­tan Po­lice have ar­rested a Prince Ge­orge’s County man and charged him with murder in the death of a D.C. yoga in­struc­tor and ac­tress who had gone miss­ing on Christ­mas Day.

Tri­cia McCauley, 46, was found dead in her white two-door Toy­ota Scion hatch­back in the 2200 block of M Street NW early Tues­day.

Po­lice said ruled the death a homi­cide, not­ing that Ms. McCauley died of as­phyxia due to lig­a­ture stran­gu­la­tion with blunt force trauma.

Tues­day morn­ing, po­lice said a sus­pect had been ar­rested in the area where Ms. McCauley’s car was found. That after­noon, they iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as Adrian Duane John­son, 29, of Up­per Marl­boro.

Mr. John­son ini­tially had been charged with sim­ple as­sault. But fol­low­ing an au­topsy Tues­day, po­lice also charged him with first-de­gree murder.

At a Tues­day morn­ing press con­fer­ence, in­terim po­lice Chief Peter New­sham said Ms. McCauley was in the car when the sus­pect was taken into cus­tody. In­ves­ti­ga­tors, how­ever, did not know when she died dur­ing the 30-hour pe­riod be­tween her dis­ap­pear­ance and when she was found.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is pro­gress­ing rapidly,” the po­lice chief said.

Chief New­sham said that de­tec­tives do not be­lieve the sus­pect knew Ms. McCauley. He did not pro­vide de­tails about the killing ex­cept to say there ap­peared to be trauma to Ms. McCauley’s body.

Ms. McCauley was sup­posed to at­tend Christ­mas din­ner at the home of a friend whom she con­tacted around 4:30 p.m. Sun­day. She never ar­rived, and stopped re­spond­ing to calls and text mes­sages.

She later missed a sched­uled flight Mon­day morn­ing out of Ron­ald Rea­gan Wash­ing­ton Na­tional Air­port.

That set off a city­wide search that started at her home near the 2200 block of North Capi­tol Street in the District’s Bloom­ing­dale neigh­bor­hood.

Chief New­sham said the sus­pect took Ms. McCauley’s car with her in it and drove through the city Mon­day, and at one point robbed a CVS phar­macy in the 700 block of Fourth Street NW and as­saulted em­ploy­ees there. Chief New­sham said that in­ci­dent is what linked the sus­pect to Ms. McCauley’s car.

The news of Ms. McCauley’s death was first an­nounced on Face­book by her brother Brian McCauley and con­firmed at a Tues­day morn­ing press con­fer­ence with Metropoli­tan Po­lice.

“Tri­cia is gone, they have found her body. Thank you all for your work, sup­port and love. To all of her DC fam­ily, I know she truly thought of you that way, thank you for be­ing there for her all these years,” Mr. McCauley wrote on Face­book. “Hang on to each other.”

“This is great news for the state of Mary­land and a first step to ad­dress­ing pre­scrip­tion opi­oid abuse and heroin use. Now in­di­vid­u­als en­rolled in Med­i­caid will have ac­cess to res­i­den­tial treat­ment for sub­stance use dis­or­ders.” — Sen. Ben­jamin Cardin, Mary­land Demo­crat, on the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Med­i­caid Ser­vices grant­ing the state’s waiver to im­ple­ment ini­tia­tives to ad­dress sub­stance use dis­or­ders

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Yoga in­struc­tor and ac­tress Tri­cia McCauley was found dead in her car in North­west early Tues­day.

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