Update: missing person's body found

Mechanicsville, MD - 8/10/2013

By Press Release, Bureau of Criminal Investigations

UPDATE: (8/10/2013 at 10:08am)

On August 9, 2013 relatives and friends reported Moneta Jo Strickland, age 32 of California, Maryland as a missing person.  Strickland had not been seen since the afternoon of August 8, 2013.  The circumstances relating to her disappearance were outside of her normal patterns. 

Ms. Strickland’s vehicle was located at John V. Baggett Park at Laurel Grove and the Three Notch Trail.   After an extensive search of the area by officers and K-9’s the victim was found deceased near the trail.

The body was transported to the Medical Examiners Office where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death. Circumstances surrounding the death are suspicious and the investigation is ongoing by detectives from BCI in cooperation with the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit.

 

Anyone with information pertaining to the death of Moneta Strickland is asked to call TFC Michael Parker at (301) 475-4200 x 1996.  You may also provide information by contacting the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-8008, Maryland State Police at (301) 475-8955, Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 or Text your information to CRIMES (274637).  Simply enter “TIP239” (847239) before your tip. 

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m., 08/09/13:

Police are currently searching the Laurel Grove Park and Three Notch Trail for missing person Moneta Jo Strickland. Her car was reportedly found at the park.

Original Story

 On August 9, 2013 relatives and friends reported Moneta Jo Strickland, 32, of Mechanicsville as a missing person.  Moneta Strickland is described as:

Race:  Black    

Sex:  Female    

Complexion:  Light       

Height:  5-02

Weight:  140 lbs.

Hair:  Black

Eyes:  Brown

Tattoos:  Peace sign lower back, rose tattoo on stomach and dolphin left ankle

Strickland was seen on August 8, 2013 at a residence in Mechanicsville and was en-route to the Laurel Grove Park in Mechanicsville.  At this time, Strickland’s disappearance is being considered unusual and not within her normal routines.

Anyone with information pertaining to the disappearance of Moneta Strickland is asked to call Maryd State :Police TFC Dustin Brill at (240) 444-2512.  You may also provide information by contacting the Sheriff’s Office at (301) 475-4040, the Maryland State Police at (301) 475-8955, or Text your information to CRIMES (274637).  Simply enter “TIP239” (847239) before your tip.