Actress and yoga instructor Tricia McCauley had been found strangled to death in her own car after disappearing during the Christmas holiday.
What do we know about the case?
McCauley, who is based in Washington, D.C., appeared in two short films within her lifetime, “The Paper Girl” in 2000 and “Never Dream: The Beginning” in 2012. In addition, she served as a stand-in for Jenna Dewan Tatum in the dancing film, “Step Up.”
McCauley was expected at a Christmas party with her theater group in D.C. at the time of her disappearance. She reportedly also posted of her intention of going on social media shortly before she went missing. According to reports, the actress' legs had been bound by a seat belt, and police claim that there were visible signs that McCauley had been sexually assaulted and beaten. Reportedly, her body was also hidden under other objects within the car. She was 46 at the time of her passing.
What do we know about the suspect?
The suspect currently charged with her death has been identified as Adrian Duane Johnson. According to reports, he had not known her personally, and claims that the actress had offered him a ride after noticing him walking alone on Christmas. Police originally arrested Johnson early Wednesday when a dog walker noticed the stolen car, reportedly having recognized it from a missing person’s bulletin.
Reportedly, Johnson has had trouble with the law before, with previous cases mostly involving theft, although some were reportedly violent. In a released statement, family members of Johnson claim that he is homeless and that he suffers from mental illness.
Johnson currently denies being guilty of the charges, and claims that McCauley committed suicide. Johnson’s attorney, Jacqueline Cadman, is currently defending him by saying that they are based on “assumptions and speculation and a rush to judgment,” and there are currently no eye-witnesses who saw McCauley and Johnson together. Assistant U.S. Attorney David Misler, however, said in a released statement that he believes police caught the right man. A friend of McCauley, identified as Greg Upwall, also condemned Johnson in a released statement, dubbing him an “animal.”
A preliminary hearing will be held for Johnson on January 13. #Crime