HUMAN SHELTER: Police identified woman found dead in Maryland townhouse

An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted Friday to determine the cause of death of a woman found dead inside her townhouse in Vernon, Maryland.

Rickeyad McCray, 28, had moved to the townhouse last December. Police were called to the three-story brick house in the 1600 block of Woodland Drive at 10:11 a.m. Thursday after getting a report of an unresponsive person.

The deputy chief of the Prince George’s County Police Department, James Brown, confirmed to the Washington Post that a person was found in a rear bedroom of the townhouse, and said the incident is being investigated as a “suspicious death.”

Brown would not confirm the identity of the victim until the autopsy, but said there is no reason to believe the incident is tied to gang activity.

There are no reports of any criminal activity that would constitute a third-degree murder or a kidnapping, Brown said. According to ABC2 News, McCray was “doing community work” and served as a spiritual adviser for area youth.

“She was doing really well,” she told the news station. “She was coming up in the world and just had a lot of opportunities to grow.”

On a Facebook page for a game called “Assassination Bowling,” McCray described herself as a prayer warrior, a single mother of two girls and an International Studies major at Morgan State University.

Her two older daughters attend Howard University and Northern Virginia Community College. She posted on Facebook in December that she planned to return to Howard to obtain her bachelor’s degree in business administration.

When asked about the possibility of foul play or a robbery, Brown said police have no one to interview for now but are still gathering facts about the incident.

The Prince George’s County Council created a Facebook page called “Help find Raschead McCray,” offering $1,000 for information.

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