- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2011

Police in Montgomery County searched parks Monday in Clarksburg and Damascus in the hopes of finding an 11-year-old boy whose mother was discovered slain in her Germantown home.

About 20 officers, volunteers and a canine team searched areas surrounding Comsat Drive in Germantown and the Magruder Branch Trail in Damascus for signs of William McQuain, who has not been seen since Sept. 30.

“The police department is operating with the hope that this 11-year-old boy is still alive. But we do have to explore all information and all leads and that includes the possibility that he is no longer alive,” police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Innocenti said.

William’s mother, Jane McQuain, 51, was found dead in her apartment Wednesday and her estranged husband, the boy’s stepfather, was arrested in connection with her slaying the next day in North Carolina.

On Monday in a Charlotte, N.C., courtroom, Curtis M. Lopez, 45, waived his rights to an extradition hearing, according to the Associated Press. Officials will bring him to Maryland, where he will face first-degree-murder charges in the case.

Ms. McQuain died from blunt force trauma and stab wounds and police think she may have been dead since Oct. 1.

Police arrested Lopez as he emerged from an Econo Lodge in Charlotte, N.C. He was in possession of Ms. McQuain’s SUV and also found with one of her credit cards and 18 copies of his marriage certificate, according to a search warrant filed in the case. A 24-year-old woman who was with Lopez at the hotel when he was arrested said she was his girlfriend and she believed the SUV belonged to Lopez’s mother.

Even as the case moves forward, Montgomery County Police said their top priority remains finding William McQuain.

Officials also searched the Damascus Recreational Park and the Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg on Sunday but would not say whether they found any evidence there relating to the boy. The department would not discuss what information investigators have obtained that led them to search the parks, Officer Innocenti said. Each are located within a 7-mile radius of the McQuain’s home.

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