Officials to move suspect accused of killing Gaithersburg woman to Md.

Curtis M. Lopez, the man accused of murder in the case of a slain Germantown woman whose 11-year-old son is missing, appeared in court Monday in North Carolina, and said he would go to Maryland to face charges, officials in Charlotte said this afternoon.

The court hearing was brief, said Julia Rush, a spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. Lopez said he would waive extradition, a term that means he wouldn’t contest the efforts of Montgomery County officials to bring him to Maryland, Rush said.

It was not immediately clear when Lopez would arrive in Montgomery. His estranged wife, Jane McQuain, was found slain inside her Germantown apartment last week. Lopez was arrested the next day in North Carolina. Jane McQuain’s son, William McQuain, 11, has been missing for two weeks.

Acting on information developed in the case, police on Monday continued searching wooded areas of Montgomery County for William’s remains, although they also hope he could still be alive.

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.

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