WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Man Arrested In Vanessa Pham Murder

Play associated audio

It's a case that has baffled police for more than two years, and now, a Falls Church man is arrested in the murder of 19-year-old Vanessa Pham.

U.S. Marshals picked up 27-year-old Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia today in Vienna, Va., and turned him over to Fairfax County Police. He was charged with murder.

Pham was found dead on Arlington Boulevard in Falls Church in June 2010. Her car was discovered in a ditch. But investigators say her injuries were not consistent with an auto crash.

Surveillance video showed Pham leaving a nail salon at the Fairfax Plaza Shopping Center just before she was murdered.

Investigators say they used forensic evidence to link Garcia to the crime.


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.

A Mother Asks If She's Selfless Enough To Care For A Son With Autism

Sophie Sartain watched her grandmother take care of her intellectually disabled aunt, Dona, and thought that she could never be that devoted. Then her son was diagnosed with autism.

Customization Is Key: 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Makes Space For Gamers Of All Stripes

In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, players can customize characters according to gender, race and age. Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir says inclusivity was a priority "from the get-go."

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.