Vanessa Pham's car caught on surveillance camera leaving parking lot
FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police have released surveillance video of Vanessa Pham's car as it exited the parking lot of Fairfax Plaza on June 27 just minutes before she was killed.
Police say the video shows the 19-year-old college freshman entered the Fairfax Plaza shopping center sometime around 3:00 pm and left at 3:24 pm.
Police say Pham waited at the exit to the strip mall "an unusual length of time, about 30 seconds" before driving off and they are not sure why, said Don Gotthardt with Fairfax County Police.
Ten minutes later, at 3:34 pm, police responded to a crash on Arlington Boulevard. They found Pham dead inside the car which had crashed into a wooded ditch off Arlington road.
Sources say she may have been stabbed to death. Police won't confirm this or say if she was robbed.
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Police want the public to look closely at the video and the cars around Pham's and call them if anyone remembers seeing the car that Sunday.
They are especially interested in anyone who may have seen whether Pham was alone when she left the mall. "We're not sure if someone was in the car, or if she stopped somewhere along the way and her assailant entered the car then," added Gotthardt.
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.
Meanwhile, family and friends gathered Wednesday morning in Vienna for a funeral for the 19-year-old college student. It was an emotional ceremony, and Pham's family expressed hope that the video would help police find her killer. "I'm begging, for my family, that someone comes forward and helps us find the person responsible" said Traci To, Vanessa's cousin.
Written by Armando Trull
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