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Search For More Clues Continue in Vanessa Pham Homicide


Fairfax County Police officers were back at the crime scene passing out over 4,500 flyers, trying to find more clues in the suspicious death of Vanessa Pham.

Police are trying to gain more information as to what happened during a 10-minute span before her death, which started at a Fairfax nail salon and ended with Pham’s car crashing into a ditch.

On June 27, the 19-year-old college student was found stabbed to death behind the wheel of her car. The vehicle had run off Arlington Road near Williams Drive and into a ditch.

Investigators believe her killer was likely a stranger.

"Detectives have ruled out prior relationships, family, friends, acquaintances, anybody they can think of that is a known entity,” said Don Gotthardt of Fairfax County Police.

The mysterious murder is sending a chill through the nearby neighborhood where people are wondering if a random killer is still out there.

"If that's the case, I'm not going to be walking with my dog late at night,” said Brandes Beauchamp. “I'm definitely going to take more precautions about being out alone in this area."

"We'll definitely be more alert. Those kinds of things, it always brings attention to safety,” said Ali Waheed.

And that is something police are encouraging too.

"Just a caution to people, especially in and around shopping centers, lock your car doors when you get out,” said Gotthardt. "It doesn't hurt to look in the back of the car before you get in. Look at it and get in and lock your door."

Pham's funeral was on Wednesday. Her family is still grieving. Pham’s aunt told FOX 5’s Roz Plater they just want to know why someone would kill her, something police can't answer for them just yet.

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