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Police say a Mechanicsville woman was found dead Friday along Three Notch Trail. The death has been ruled a homicide.

Relatives and friends reported Moneta Jo Strickland, 32, missing on Aug. 9 after she had not been seen since the afternoon before.

Strickland's vehicle was found at John V. Baggett Park at Laurel Grove in Mechanicsville where she often went walking or jogging, according to police. After a search of the area by officers and K-9s the victim was found dead near the walking trail.

An autopsy was conducted at the chief medical examiner's office in Baltimore and the manner of death was ruled a homicide, according to a release by the St. Mary's County Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

Capt. Terry Black said during a press conference Monday afternoon that police will patrol the park, but urged visitors to “use common sense when you go on these trails. Try to take a friend with you [and] constantly be aware of your surroundings.”

Detectives with the bureau, assisted by the Maryland State Police, are investigating leads and seeking information from the public regarding Strickland's death. Black said during Monday's press conference there were no suspects at that time.

Crime Solvers has offered a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator of this crime.

Anyone with information is asked to call Trooper First Class Michael Parker at 301-475-4200, ext. 1996. Information may also be provided to the St. Mary's Sheriff's Office at 301-475-8008, Maryland State Police at 301-475-8955, Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333 or text information to CRIMES (274637), by entering “TIP239” (847239) before the tip.

jyeatman@somdnews.com