Yoga Instructor Who Disappeared on Christmas Found Dead: Family

Cops say Tricia McCauley's body was found in her car in DC; suspect is in custody
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2016 9:13 AM CST
Yoga Instructor Who Disappeared on Christmas Found Dead: Family
Tricia McCauley's car was found outside of a DC CVS.   (Twitter/WUSA9)

The body of a DC yoga instructor who disappeared on Christmas has been found, according to her family and police. NBC Washington reports that Tricia McCauley's brother made the sad announcement on Facebook Tuesday morning, offering thanks to his 46-year-old sister's "DC family." "Tricia is gone, they have found her body," Brian McCauley posted, per WUSA9. "Thank you all for your work, support and love. … Hang on to each other." Peter Newsham, the Metropolitan Police Department's interim chief, says they have a suspect in custody, though specific charges haven't yet been announced, per CBS News. An autopsy still needs to be carried out on McCauley's body, though Newsham notes there are signs of trauma.

McCauley, also said to be an actress and herbalist, went missing Sunday afternoon on her way to a holiday dinner at a friend's house; she also missed a Monday morning flight out of Reagan National Airport. Her brother says her cellphone was discovered Monday evening, and later that night, a man was spotted on surveillance video driving her white Scion iQ. Shortly after midnight, local media started reporting the car had been found on M Street in front of a CVS, and police confirmed her body was discovered inside the vehicle. The suspect had reportedly robbed a CVS and assaulted workers there during the time McCauley was missing (it's not clear if it's the same CVS the car was found in front of). (The founder of a yoga chain that's been called the "Starbucks of yoga" was found dead earlier this month.)

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