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Curtis Lopez waives extradition in court in North Carolina

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The man accused of killing Germantown resident Jane McQuain waived extradition in a North Carolina courtroom Monday.

Police have charged McQuain's estranged husband, 45-year-old Curtis Lopez, with her murder. McQuain was found stabbed and beaten to death in her Germantown condominium last week.

McQuain’s black Honda SUV and her and her son's cell phones were also missing.

On the day McQuain was found dead, police in Charlotte, N.C., responded to a traffic accident involving McQuain’s vehicle. The driver was 24-year-old Pleshette Caldwell, who claimed to be driving “her boyfriend's mother's vehicle” and stated that the mother's name is Jane, according to police.

She said Lopez returned from out of town in early October driving the black Honda and in possession of a large television.

Police tracked Lopez to an Econo lodge in Charlotte, where they found McQuain’s credit card and a boxcutter knife. In McQuain’s SUV, they found cell phones, chargers, cash and 18 copies of a marriage certificate, according to police documents.

Friends and family of Lopez refused to speak with reporters outside a Charlotte courtroom on Monday. Lopez waived extradition and will be returned to Maryland. Police say it could be several days before the suspect is extradited from North Carolina to Maryland.

 

McQuain's son, 11-year-old William, remains missing. Lopez is also the child’s step-father. Authorities say Lopez isn't cooperating in the search for his stepson.

Authorities searched two more areas in Montgomery County on Monday in another attempt to locate William.

Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks says detectives and cadaver dogs will search the vacant property off I-270 that used to be home to COMSAT Corporation, along with Tralee Terrace in Damascus.

Starks says it's "very possible" that William could still be alive and staying with friends or family.  He could be unaware of their investigation.

By about noon, police searched one of the Damascus sites without finding William.

On Sunday, Montgomery County police used dogs to search two local parks, but didn’t find the child.

William has been missing since Sept. 30.

Lopez Search Warrant

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