A teenager in Virginia allegedly killed his father and then buried his body behind the family’s home, police said.
Truman Nguyen, 78, disappeared and Fairfax County police opened up on Sept. 6 what was at first a missing person’s case.
Authorities, however, then received new leads on Sept. 7 that turned the investigation into a possible homicide, Washington D.C. television station WTTG reported, noting law enforcement officials have not revealed what information changed the nature of the case.
Just before 4 p.m. the following day, Sept. 8, investigators discovered Nguyen’s body buried in the backyard of his Falls Church home and took the victim’s son, Phillip Nguyen, into custody.
“These cases are complicated,” said Ed O'Carroll, who is with the county police department. “Officers and detectives have been working diligently at the scene.”
The suspect faces a second-degree murder charge and was being held without bond at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.
“I could hear somebody calling out a name repeatedly in Vietnamese, and it turned out he was calling out ‘father.’ It was his son. He was calling out ‘father,’” neighbor Johnny Norfolk told WRC-TV.
“It's very scary and creepy,” said a second neighbor, Silvia Albert. “I'm wordless. I saw the young man not too long ago working in his yard."
Police said they have responded to the victim’s home on previous occasions for reports of arguments.