After vanishing on Christmas, 46-year-old Tricia McCauley was found dead in her vehicle in Washington DC just after midnight on Tuesday, December 27, DailyMail.com reports.
You might recognize McCauley as a stand-in actress in "Step Up," a dance movie that starred Channing Tatum back in 2006.
If you knew McCauley in her recent years, she was a health-enthused yoga instructor who was loved dearly by those in her DC community.
On Christmas night, suspicion for McCauley's whereabouts grew when didn't show up for a holiday dinner at her friend's house in northwest DC. The next morning, the actress missed her flight out of Ronald Reagan National Airport.
Shortly after, a missing persons 911 alert reportedly went through the area and DC police began "going door to door" in search of information on Tricia.
A Facebook group was also created so the public could gather information about her disappearance.
Before her body was found, her brother, Brian, posted about the police search inside her apartment and said everything looked "fine." Tricia's last contact was on Sunday at 4:30 pm.
Apparently, Brian also wrote,
They have photos to put out bulletins online. Friends have traced her route to the [Christmas dinner]. Police have gained access to her credit/debit card and found activity today, but no other details.
The Facebook group became private after McCauley's body was found after midnight on Tuesday.
Her brother wrote a heartbreaking post that concluded the search for his sister on the Facebook page.
In the devastating post, he wrote,
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.
Tricia's body was found in her white Scion in front of a CVS in DC after midnight on Tuesday.
Police have a suspect in custody who they believe was driving the Scion a day prior to discovering her body inside the vehicle.
The same man reportedly robbed a CVS in DC on Monday, December 26 and assaulted the employees, which was the incident that allegedly led authorities to her vehicle late Monday night.
Tricia's body was found with signs of trauma, but the cause of her death will be determined after an autopsy.
Apparently, the suspect and Tricia do not know each other and detectives are reaching out to the public to verify the suspect's location throughout the duration of Monday.
Since her death, her brother posted on the closed Facebook page:
In light of this devastating news, we've limited access to this group and changed its settings so that, at least in the next hours, all posts will need to be approved by a group admin. Please join us in taking time now to remember Tricia as you loved her best.