WASHINGTON, D.C. — Police have charged a 29-year-old man with the murder of an actress and yoga instructor who went missing on Christmas Day.
Adrian Duane Johnson was charged on Tuesday with first-degree murder in the death of Tricia McCauley, 46. McCauley’s body was found in her car early Tuesday, and police said an autopsy showed she had been strangled.
A D.C. police spokesman said on Tuesday that Johnson was not wearing a court-ordered GPS monitoring device at the time he allegedly committed the crime, according to WUSA9.
McCauley’s family reported her missing after she failed to show up for a friend’s holiday dinner at 4:30 P.M. on December 25, and missed a flight out of Ronald Reagan National Airport to visit relatives on December 26.
During a news conference, Interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the suspect, believed to be a man spotted driving McCauley’s car, was taken into custody shortly after midnight at a CVS on M Street after a tipster recognized the white two-door Toyota Scion IQ hatchback from missing posters and called police.
Police say that it does not appear that the victim and suspect knew each other. They have released a timeline showing known sightings of the suspect, and urged anyone who saw the man or the victim’s car to call police and help fill in missing details of his movements.Before being apprehended, the suspect reportedly stole merchandise and attacked one or two employees at another area CVS.
McCauley’s brother, Brian McCauley, announced her death earlier on a Facebook page. “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,” he wrote.
McCauley’s website offers a long list of acting credits. She was a stand-in for Jenna Dewan Tatum in Step Up in 2006, as well as a yoga instructor in the D.C. area. She also appeared in television commercials and did voiceover work.
Main photo: Tricia McCauley [Metropolitan Police Department]