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Thursday
Oct132011

Ex-Husband Arrested in Mom's Murder, Son Still Missing

Comstock/Thinkstock(GERMANTOWN, Md.) -- Police have arrested the estranged husband of Maryland mom Jane McQuain in connection with her murder, but are still searching for her 11-year-old son William who was last seen several weeks ago.

Police arrested Curtis Lopez Thursday in North Carolina, charging him with McQuain's murder in the first degree. Just weeks ago, McQuain confided to an ex-boyfriend that she was afraid of Lopez and thought he might kill her.

McQuain, 51, of Germantown, Md., was found dead in her home Wednesday afternoon after a friend contacted police saying they hadn't been able to get in touch with her for a while. McQuain's son William was declared a missing person and Maryland state police issued an Amber Alert to try to locate him.

Montgomery County, Md., police chief Thomas Manger said Thursday that witnesses had helped lead police to Lopez, saying they had seen Lopez around the home and loading property into McQuain's vehicle around the time of the murder.

Manger said police are still trying to determine the cause and time of McQuain's death, but believe the murder occurred after Oct. 1 or Oct. 2. McQuain showed signs of trauma to her upper body, they said.

William, who is not Lopez's son, was last seen Sept. 30, although police hadn't discovered the boy was missing until they found the body of his slain mother on Oct. 12.

"Our focus and priority is locating William McQuain, and we are asking the public's help," Manger said, holding up photos of the boy during a press conference Thursday "Please contact the Montgormery County Police Department. Our priority and focus is locating William. We were hoping we'd find him with Mr. Lopez and we did not."

William McQuain is described as approximately 5 feet tall and weighing 85 pounds.

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