Tricia McCauley, Missing DC Yoga Instructor, Found Dead; Man in Custody

WASHINGTON – Police say a man is in custody in connection with the death of a yoga instructor and actress, who was reported missing on Christmas Day, and was found dead inside of her vehicle early Tuesday morning in D.C.

The body of 46-year-old Tricia McCauley was found around midnight in her vehicle in the 2200 block of M Street after authorities received a tip, said Interim Chief of Police, Peter Newsham, at a press conference. McCauley, who was last seen around 4:30 p.m. on December 25 in the 2000 block of North Capitol Street, appeared to have suffered some type of trauma to her body.

The suspect, Newsham said, was arrested nearby shortly after her body was found.

The identity of the suspect has not been released but authorities plan to release his name later today. D.C. Mayor Bowser, who also spoke at the press conference, expressed her condolences to the family.

Newsham told reporters that investigators are seeking information from the public regarding the suspect’s whereabouts on December 26 when he was believed to have traveled to several different locations in D.C. – some, while using McCauley’s vehicle.

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  1. Joe Levin
    Joe Levin says:

    An actress who mysteriously disappeared on Christmas Day has been found dead in Washington, D.C., her family announced Tuesday.

    Tricia Lynn McCauley, 46, was last seen alive in the 2000 block of North Capitol Street NW on Sunday afternoon, before her body was found inside her white Toyota Scion on the 2200 block of M Street on Monday night, WJLA News reported.

    Police had pulled over the two-door hatchback sedan for unspecified reasons and arrested the driver, who matched a description of a person of interest in the case, according to the TV station.

    The motorist was taken in for questioning, but has not been named a suspect. He was only described as an athletic, 5-foot-9 black man.

    McCauley’s family reported her missing on Monday after she missed a flight from Ronald Reagan Airport to see relatives in another state, the Washington Post reported.

    A day earlier on Christmas, McCauley missed a dinner with friends after sending a 4:30 p.m. text message to one pal, saying that she was on her way.

    “But she never arrived or responded to calls or texts,” the pal said on Facebook, adding that McCauley had previously slept through a dinner, so her friends were “not too alarmed” when she failed to arrive, the Washington Post said.

    McCauley had a website devoted to her acting career, which included TV, film and theater credits. She was also a yoga instructor.

    Tricia’s brother, Brian McCauley, wrote a Facebook message on Tuesday morning, saying, “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. Hang on to each other.”

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