Man Charged With Murder in Md. Woman’s Death

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LEONARDTOWN, Md. — The St. Mary’s County Bureau of Criminal Investigations says detectives have charged a Lexington Park man with first-degree murder in the death of a woman whose body was found along a trail.

Thirty-one-year-old John Morris Quade Jr. was arrested Tuesday and charged in the slaying of 32-year-old Moneta Jo Strickland of Mechanicsville.

Strickland’s body was found Saturday after she went missing on Thursday. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the body.

Investigations say authorities identified Quade from video surveillance and a vehicle in the area where Strickland’s body was found. Police say Quade is a registered sex offender.

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