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Timeline: The slaying of Vanessa Pham!!

Vanessa Pham, 19, was found stabbed to death in June 2010 in her Scion hatchback, which was found in a ditch off Arlington Boulevard in the Falls Church area. Police arrested Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia more than two years later in connection with her death. Related: Man convicted of first-degree murder in Vanessa Pham killing


June 27, 2010

Vanessa Pham is slain

Police find the body of Vanessa Pham in a white Scion hatchback, saying she had been stabbed multiple times.

June 28, 2010

Body identified

Fairfax police identify Vanessa Pham, a 19-year-old Northern Virginia native, as the victim in the slaying.

Vanessa Pham

July 1, 2010

No motive in slaying

Police say the fatal stabbing of Pham appears to be a slaying by a stranger.

July 7, 2010

Pham seen in video

A collection of surveillance videos released by Fairfax County police show Pham’s Scion hatchback entering the Fairfax Plaza shopping center on Gallows Road, then leaving just 10 minutes before she was found stabbed to death a short distance away.

Dec. 27, 2010

Bench dedication

Friends and family gather to dedicate a bench in Pham’s honor at the Vienna Town Green six months after the slaying.

Dec. 13, 2012


Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia

Blanco Garcia arrested

Julio Miguel Blanco Garcia, 27, of Falls Church is arrested at a Vienna construction site after an analysis of forensic evidence tied him to the slaying.

Dec. 13, 2012

DNA leads to suspect

Fairfax County police release few details about suspect Julio Miguel Blanco Garcia, what led them to him, or how and why he allegedly took the life of Pham.

Lt. Col. James A. Morris announces the arrest of Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

Dec. 18, 2012

Fingerprint match

According to a search warrant, a fingerprint match led police to arrest a suspect in the slaying of Pham after it had gone unsolved for 2 1/2 years.

Jan. 10, 2013

Suspect tracked police probe

For more than two years, detectives searched for Pham’s killer, but the alleged murderer was tracking them, too, according to a search warrant.

July 26, 2013

Judge allows cameras

Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Jane Marum Roush grants a motion by local news media to place a video and a still camera in the back of the room for the murder trial of Blanco Garcia.

Aug. 22, 2013

Blanco Garcia guilty of first-degree murder

A Fairfax County jury convicted Blanco Garcia of first-degree murder in the killing of Pham.

Nov. 15, 2013

Sentenced to 49 years

Blanco Garcia is sentenced to 49 years in prison in the killing of Pham.