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Man charged in DC yoga instructor's death wasn't wearing GPS monitor

Yoga instructor murder

WASHINGTON — A man has been charged with murder after a yoga instructor and actress who had been missing since Christmas was found dead in her car early Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C.

Adrian Duane Johnson, 29, is facing first-degree murder and other charges in the death of 46-year-old Tricia McCauley, who was last heard from around 1 p.m. on Christmas, reports CBS affiliate WUSA

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Tricia McCauley WUSA-TV

Johnson, a Maryland resident, has an extensive criminal record and court records show he was ordered to undergo GPS monitoring last week. However, police spokeswoman Karimah Bilal said Wednesday that Johnson wasn’t wearing a monitor when he was arrested.

Johnson was charged with theft earlier this month, and online court records show he was released Dec. 20. The judge ordered him to appear the next day to enroll in GPS monitoring, but according to WUSA he did not show up to be fitted with the device.

The attorney listed in the theft case didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Around 10:50 p.m. on Monday, surveillance video showed the suspect driving McCauley’s car, a white Toyota Scion, from a Washington CVS drugstore, police say. Tuesday, police confirmed that her body was found in her car in front of that CVS. 

Police do not believe McCauley and the suspect knew each other. 

McCauley lived in Washington for nearly 30 years. Her friends and family describe her as a beloved yoga teacher, actor and herbalist.

“She is one of the kindest and most gentle people that I know,” said Kate Debelack, McCauley’s friend. “So to think that someone could have harmed her is awful.”