Six Years After Young Mom Was Found Dead In Trunk Of Burning Car, Her Boyfriend Is Arrested On A Suspicion Of Murder Charge

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Source: MEGA; Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office

Dec. 10 2022, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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After more than six years of investigating, police said they arrested a young mom’s boyfriend in connection to her cold-case murder.

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This week, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office in Texas announced the arrest of Johnny Minh Dang, 33. He was considered a suspect early on, but there wasn’t enough evidence to charge him, authorities said.

Around 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2017, deputies responded to a burning vehicle in Richmond, Texas. There, they found the body of a woman in the trunk of the car.

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The victim was identified as 21-year-old Lorraine Diaz, according to the sheriff’s office.

She was a mom to two young children.


“This was an especially brutal murder of a young woman,” said Det. Scott Minyard.

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While police considered Dang a suspect, they did not release a motive in the case. A break came that allowed detectives to make the arrest, but authorities did not provide further details on the new information.

“They never gave up, and their persistence ultimately led up to identifying and arresting the suspect of this heinous crime,” said Sheriff Eric Fagan.


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