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Fairfax police seek help in Pham case

Fairfax County police on Wednesday began asking for the public's help in the stabbing death Sunday of 19-year-old Vanessa Pham, distributing a flyer with a photo of Pham's 2008 Scion tC hatchback and asking anyone who saw the car on Sunday to call homicide detectives.

Vanessa Pham
Vanessa Pham. (Pham family)

Pham's car veered off a service road along Route 50 in the Falls Church area about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, and landed in a ravine just west of Gallows Road. When police officers and firefighters arrived, they found Pham inside the car.
Pham's mother said she had been visiting friends in the Vienna area Sunday afternoon, and was last seen about 2:30 p.m. The police flyer said investigators believe Pham may have been driving along either Route 50 or Route 29, between Nutley Street and Gallows Road, in the time before her car went into the wooded area in the 8300 block of Arlington Boulevard [Route 50], near the intersection with Williams Drive.

Pham's hatchback is white with "OBX" and "SCAD" stickers on the back. She had just completed her freshman year at Savannah College of Art and Design, after graduating last year from James Madison High School in Vienna. She lived with her mother and extended family in the Falls Church area.

Anyone who spotted the Scion on Sunday is asked to call Detective Robert Bond, the lead homicide detective on the case, at 703-246-4057.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  June 30, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman , Unsolved , Updates  
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very sad. she seemed like she had a lot to look forward to...
but who did it?

Random road rage?

boyfriend who didn't want to be broken up with?

Posted by: wordup1 | June 30, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Women, especially young women traveling alone in a sprawling urban setting like D.C., need to be constantly cognizant of the unfortunate fact that they might be under surveillance by a predator of any type seeking who-knows-what, and be aware they could be targeted by someone who simply has "seen" them unaccompanied.

Part of the unfairness of life.

Posted by: perryneheum | June 30, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those words. The title of this article as viewed from the main page of the Metro section is ageist because it calls the young woman who was killed in a car accident a "teen". It's unfortunate that the young woman was killed in a car accident.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | June 30, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"LibertyforAll"--she did not die in a car accident. She was stabbed to death.

Posted by: chunche | June 30, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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