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Fairfax Police: ‘All Theories On the Table’ in Homicide Case of F.C. Woman

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Fairfax County spokesperson Bud Walker said “all theories are on the table” today while there remain no suspects in the homicide case of Vanessa Pham, a 19-year-old Falls Church woman found dead in her car in a ditch on Rt. 50 last Sunday.

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Vanessa Pham (Photo: Facebook)
No Suspects in Death of 19-Year-Old Madison H.S. Grad

Fairfax County spokesperson Bud Walker said “all theories are on the table” today while there remain no suspects in the homicide case of Vanessa Pham, a 19-year-old Falls Church woman found dead in her car in a ditch on Rt. 50 last Sunday.

Around 3:34 p.m. Sunday, Fairfax County police responded to the area of Arlington Boulevard and Williams Drive for report of a vehicle crash. Walker said a driving passerby called the police about the crash, but didn’t stop. Firefighters and police officers were the first people on the scene. It is unknown whether the tip came from someone who witnessed the crash itself.

“All I know is that her car ran off the side of road and ended up on its side,” added Walker, though other news outlets are reporting the original passerby witnessed Pham’s 2008 2-door Toyota Scion going against one-way traffic before hopping a curb.

Walker could not verify this information.

Responding officers discovered the automobile in a ditch off the south side of Arlington Boulevard. Pham was found dead inside the vehicle and appeared to have trauma to the upper body which was “completely inconsistent with the mechanism of the accident,” said Walker.

An autopsy confirmed detectives’ suspicions and police announced Monday Pham’s death was being investigated as a homicide. Though an ongoing investigation prohibited Walker from disclosing where the vehicle Pham’s body was discovered, he said, “there’s no reason to believe she wasn’t driving.”

Pham was a graduate of James Madison High School in Vienna and was home for the summer after just having finished her first year at Savannah College of Art and Design.

A public Facebook page, which has already attracted more than 1,200 members,  for the Vannesa Pham Memorial Fund was created Monday. Friends and former classmates called Pham’s enthusiasm “contagious” and recalled school-day memories.

“I still can’t believe this is real. I feel like it was just yesterday sitting in gym singing with you,” wrote Jocelyn Jordan Durham.

The same Facebook group announced today that there will be a public memorial service tonight for family and friends to remember Pham. The gathering will take place at James Madison High School in Vienna from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 29.

Donations are also being sought to help fund for Pham’s service. Money and check donations can be mailed to: Navy Federal Credit Union, Vanessa Pham Memorial Fund, PO Box 3100, Merrifield, VA 22119-3100.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.