Body of Tricia McCauley found, suspect arrested (updated with MPD press release and suspect name)

After a frantic search that involved family and friends around DC and on Facebook, the body of Bloomingdale resident Tricia McCauley was found overnight, according to MPD. (See the 5pm update with MPD's full press release at the bottom of this article.)

The Washington Post reported that her body was found in her car, a white 2-door Toyota Scion, which had been located by MPD at 22nd and M Streets NW late in the evening on Monday night after a tip. One suspect was arrested (Duane Adrian Johnson of Maryland).

Tricia McCauley disappeared on Saturday, December 25th. She didn't show up at a dinner party in NE DC, and then on Monday morning missed a flight to visit family. Her last known interaction was a "Like" on Facebook at 5:35pm on Saturday. Her cell phone was later found near the 2600 block of 4th St NE, according to her brother, Brian McCauley. 

Brian wrote on Facebook after 3am Tuesday morning that MPD had found Tricia's body, and thanked everyone for their support, telling people to "hang on to each other." 

ABC reporter Tom Roussey posted photos on Twitter of the vehicle and the suspect being arrested.

photos: Tom Roussey

MPD Chief Newsham conducted a press conference after 8:30 am on Tuesday morning, where he reported that MPD had found Tricia deceased in her vehicle just after midnight, early on Tuesday morning.

At the press conference, Mayor Bowser expressed condolences to family and thanked MPD for their efforts. Chief Newsham said that they don't believe the suspect and victim knew each other. They don't have any information on how or when Tricia was killed, but said there was trauma to the body. He said that the investigation proceeding rapidly, and that they continued to want any tips or information.

MPD is looking for assistance in figuring out the timeline of the suspect. 


Newsham offered a timeline of suspect and locations where MPD believes he was on Monday, December 26th. If you saw the white Toyota Scion or the suspect, please contact MPD:

Suspect in McCauley's disappearance

  • 12:30am-3:30am: 3400 Georgia Ave NW
  • 8am-8:30am: 400 block of Massachusetts Ave NW
  • 9:15am-9:30am: 700 of 4th Street NW (where the suspect is accused of stealing from a CVS and assaulting employees on Monday morning. MPD was looking for him prior to hearing about the abduction.)
  • 11am: 2300 block of Washington Place 
  • 1:15pm-1:35pm: 400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW
  • 2pm-2:20pm: 2800 7th St NE

Call MPD at 202-727-9099 with any information.

UPDATE 12/27 5PM: Late on Tuesday afternoon, MPD sent out a press release on the homicide, stating the cause of death to be asphyxia due to ligature strangulation with blunt force trauma. The suspect arrested was identified as 29-year old Adrian Duane Johnson (aka Duane Adrian Johnson) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. He was charged with Theft II, Simple Assault and First Degree Murder (Felony Murder). The full press release is below:

December 27, 2016
Homicide: 2200 Block of M Street, Northwest
(Washington, DC)  – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 2200 block of M Street, Northwest, on Monday, December 26, 2016.
At approximately 11:58 pm, members of the Second District received a call for a sighting of vehicle in reference to a Critical Missing Person.  Upon arrival, officers discovered an adult female inside of the vehicle suffering from apparent trauma to the body.  DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene where they found no signs consistent of life. The decedent was pronounced dead at the scene by the Chief Medical Examiner.
The decedent remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. The cause of death was determined to be asphyxia due to ligature strangulation with blunt force trauma and the manner of death to be homicide.
The decedent has been identified as 46-year-old Tricia McCauley, of Northwest, DC.
On Monday, December 26, 2016, 29-year-old Adrian Duane Johnson AKA Duane Adrian Johnson, of Upper Marlboro, MD, was arrested and charged with Theft II and Simple Assault.
Following the autopsy of the decedent, Mr. Johnson was additionally charged with First Degree Murder (Felony Murder).