Friends of a D.C. actor and yoga instructor who went missing Christmas Day -- and was later found beaten and strangled to death in her car -- have founded a crowd-funding site in her memory, devoted to paying for health insurance for other D.C. theater professionals.
Friends of Tricia McCauley said on their YouCaring site that Mccauley, who was self-employed, was "often without health insurance."
McCauley eventually qualified for insurance under the Actor's Equity Association union, but others may need help paying premiums. "The intent is to have an ongoing endowment, not a one-time award," the site reads.
As of Friday afternoon, it had raised almost $25,000.
McCauley was reported missing after she didn't appear at a friend's house for dinner on Sunday, then missed a flight the next day. The search for her and her white Toyota Scion IQ lasted until early Tuesday morning.