Tricia McCauley, Jenna Dewan Tatum’s ‘Step Up’ Stand-In, Found Dead

Police have a suspect in custody

Tricia McCauley, a yoga instructor and actress who was Jenna Dewan Tatum’s “Step Up” stand-in, was found dead in her car in Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning. She was 46.

According to NBC Washington, the actress did not show up to a dinner at a friend’s house on Christmas Day and also missed a flight out of Ronald Reagan National Airport on Monday. The Associated Press reported that Interim Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference Tuesday that police have a suspect in custody and that there are signs of trauma to McCauley’s body.

Newsham said McCauley was last seen alive on Sunday afternoon. In the hours following her disappearance, police released a photo of a man they believed were driving McCauley’s car. Someone called police saying they saw McCauley’s car on Monday night, upon which authorities found the man inside a nearby CVS. The suspect gave them the keys. Upon searching the car, police found McCauley’s body.

According to The Washington Times, the suspect stole from that CVS and assaulted employees there. During the press conference on Tuesday, Newsham said that it didn’t seem like the suspect and the victim had known each other.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department told TheWrap that a press release will be issued in regards to this case within a few hours.

McCauley’s death was first announced on Facebook by her brother, Brian McCauley. “Tricia is gone, they have found her body,” he wrote. “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.”

Outside of her work on “Step Up,” which also starred Channing Tatum, McCauley also acted in two short films, “The Paper Girl” and “Never Dream: The Beginning.”

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