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Police say the suspected killer of a DC-area actress drove around with her body in the car

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A Washington, D.C.-based actress and yoga instructor who went missing on Christmas Day was found dead Tuesday morning.

Tricia McCauley, 46, was last seen Sunday afternoon, our partners at WJLA report. Her car was spotted Tuesday morning in her car by a man walking his dog. 

Police stopped and arrested the driver of that car, who was also wanted for a robbery of a local CVS drug store. 

Police said the suspect drove around with McCauley's body in the car.

Let me express on behalf of all of us in Washington D.C. our deepest condolences to her family.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser

Brian McCauley, the victim's brother,  posted this in a private Facebook group:

"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."

Nothing like this has ever happened. No history of mental illness, no history of anything like this. I mean, it's completely out of the ordinary.
Brian McCauley

McCauley's disappearance was first noticed after she failed to show up to a friend's Christmas party. Brian said she left a dish she had made on the kitchen counter. 

Tricia brought her great intelligence, as well as a terrific sense of fun... She was respected and loved by everyone she worked with.
Imagination Stage statement

McCauley taught yoga and was part of the crew for the movie "Step Up," according to her IMDB page. She also appeared in two short films, "Never Dream: The Beginning" and "The Paper Girl." Imagination Stage, a children's theater in Bethesda, paid tribute to her in a statement on Tuesday.

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