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Yoga Instructor/actress found dead; Man charged with first-degree murder

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Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A yoga instructor and actress was found dead in her car on Tuesday after missing since December 25 and a man has been charged with first-degree murder.

The Washington D.C. woman was identified as 46-year-old Tricia McCauley. Officials have ruled her death as a homicide and the suspect in her death was identified as 29-year-old Adrian Johnson of Maryland. As per a medical examiner’s office, she died from asphyxia due to strangulation with blunt force trauma.

Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham said in a statement that they do not believe McCauley and Johnson knew each other and it was not clear how the two encountered each other. McCauley was last contacted at around 4:30 P.M. on Saturday and was expected to be part of a Christmas dinner that night. However, the host, Bill Largess, said that McCauley never arrived and that people called and texted her but she never responded.

McCauley has been part of the dinner for the last 15 years but skipped it once after not waking up in time for the dinner so no one was too worried. However, she missed a flight the next morning as she was supposed to visit her family in the West Coast.

When officials went to the apartment of McCauley, they saw that she prepared the Brussels sprouts that she was supposed to bring to the Christmas dinner. By Monday, authorities released a missing alert with the photos of McCauley as well as her white Toyota Scion. The vehicle was found later and when they approached the vehicle, the suspect and McCauley were both inside. The suspect gave them the key to the car.

The brother of McCauley said in a statement on Facebook, “Tricia is gone, they have found her body. 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.”

McCauley starred in numerous short films and served as a stand-in for Jenna Dewan Tatum for “Step Up.”

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