CALIFORNIA, Md. — Officials in St. Mary’s County BCI say a woman reported missing has been found dead.

Authorities say the death of 32-year-old Moneta Jo Strickland is considered suspicious, and homicide detectives are involved in the investigation.

The California, Md., woman had not been seen since Thursday afternoon and friends and family reported her missing on Friday.

Her car was found at John V. Baggett Park at Laurel Grove and the Three Notch Trail. Her body was found near the trail.

An autopsy is being done to determine the cause and manner of death.

10:00 AM, Saturday, August 10, 2013: BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Moneta Strickland that was reported missing has been found on the Three Notch Trail located in Mechanicsville by the Laurel Grove Park, she was discovered by K9 Officers Deceased. She was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Officer where an Autopsy will be performed. The death is considered to be Suspicious at this time.


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Police are currently at the Laurel Grove Park in Mechancsiville after reports of a women went missing who is identified as Moneta Jo Strickland age 32 of California, MD. The Laurel Grove Park has been blocked off after her vehicle and some of her belongings was found there. She was Last seen on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at her residence in Mechanicsville.


More information to Come Once it Becomes Available.


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