photo of Cola Beale

Police Arrest Husband in Gaithersburg Woman’s Death

UPDATED, July 28 at 3:30 p.m.: Police have arrested a 51-year-old man for the slaying of his wife in their Gaithersburg home Sunday.

Cola Winbone Beale is being held in Norfolk, Va. on the strength of a Montgomery County warrant charging him with the murder of his wife, 47-year-old June Carlita Beale, according to police.

photo of Cola Beale

Cola Beale
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On July 27, at about 10:25 a.m., a parishioner of a church that the couple attended called police and said that Cola Beale had called him stating that he had killed his wife inside their home in the 18300 block of Hallmark Court, according to a police press release.  Officers responded to the home and forced their way inside, police said.  There they found the body of June Carlita Beale.  Capt. Paul Starks told MyMCMedia Monday, the woman’s body was found at the bottom of a set of stairs that lead to the basement. Starks said she had “some sort of blunt force trauma to her body.”

Police officers spoke to Cola Beale on his cell phone and they say he admitted to killing his wife and also told them where he was in Norfolk, Va.  Police in Virginia arrested Beale without incident where he is being held awaiting extradition.

The body of June Carlita Beale has been transported for an autopsy to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, according to the press release.

Anyone with information concerning this alleged crime is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.  Callers may remain anonymous.

ORIGINAL: Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department’s  Major Crimes Division are investigating the death of a Gaithersburg woman as a homicide.

On July 27 at 10:34 a.m., 6th District officers responded to the 18300 block of Hallmark Way for the report of a suspicious situation.

At the scene, police said they found a 47-year-old Gaithersburg woman deceased.

According to a police account, detectives are investigating this suspicious death as a homicide. Police said a suspect is in custody.

This investigation is active, police said, and additional details cannot be released at this time.

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