Tuesday, December 27, 2016
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.”