Cola Beale arrested in killing of wife, June Beale, in their Gaithersburg home

June Beale. (Photo courtesy of family)

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJLA) - A Gaithersburg woman was found dead in her home Sunday, and now police say her husband is in custody under suspicion of killing her.

Police were called to a home Sunday morning in the 18300 block of Hallmark Court for the report of a suspicious situation. Shortly after officers broke down the door, they found a 47-year-old woman dead.

The woman has been identified as June Carlita Beale.

Montgomery County police said they tracked down June's husband, Cola Winbone Beale, 51, in Norfolk and arrested him as a suspect in her murder.

According to police, a parishioner of a church that the couple attended called police and stated that Cola Beale had called him stating that he had killed his wife inside their home. Officers from the 6th District responded to and forced their way into the home. Inside, they found June deceased "with trauma to her body."

Officers said they were able to reach Cola Beale on his mobile phone. While talking with officers, they said he admitted to killing his wife and also provided his specific location in Norfolk, Virginia. The officers then notified the Norfolk Police Department, who in turn, located Beale and took him into custody without incident.

June Beale had been a Program Specialist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) since 2011 and had previously worked for nine years at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), an NIH spokesperson tells ABC7.

Beale is being held in Norfolk awaiting extradition.

This is not the first time Montgomery County police received a call for that residence.

"At least one time within the last year, we were here for a domestic dispute call," said Montgomery County police Capt. Paul Starks.