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DNA Implicates Stepfather In Jessica Nguyen Murder

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Police have made an arrest in the death of 12-year-old Jessica Nguyen, who was found stabbed to death in the basement of her family home May 31.
Police have made an arrest in the death of 12-year-old Jessica Nguyen, who was found stabbed to death in the basement of her family home May 31.

Police have made an arrest in the murder of Jessica Nguyen, the 12-year-old Gaithersburg girl found dead in the basement of her home in May. Montgomery County police on Tuesday arrested her stepfather, 43-year-old David Rich Hang of Gaithersburg, on a warrant for first-degree murder, according to a statement from police.

Jessica's body was discovered May 31 after police responded to her home on Raven Avenue. Her death was ruled a homicide caused by stab and cutting wounds. 

On Wednesday, police disclosed that the key piece of evidence for identifying Hang was a sample of blood taken from a knife sheath at the scene of the murder. Tests revealed that DNA in the sample matched a swab from Mr. Hang taken by investigators. That knife is believed to be the one used to kill young Jessica Nguyen. Police also found a boot print matching Mr. Hang's size near the scene of the crime.

Despite the apparent evidence, neither police nor prosecutors have identified a motive in the case. Court records indicated Hang and Nguyen's mother were in the middle of a contested divorce.

On Wednesday afternoon, District Court Judge Patricia Mitchell denied bail for Hang.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next month

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