Body of Missing Woman Found in St. Mary’s County

CALIFORNIA, Md. — Officials in St. Mary’s County 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.

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