Fairfax County

Person of Interest Sought in 1982 Cold Case Murder

Fairfax County police are still searching for a person of interest in the 1982 murder of a 20-year-old woman.

Veronica Hepworth was found dead along a driveway on Route 50 in Loudoun County on Feb. 25, 1982. Her body was partially clothed.

Last year, police released an age-progression composite sketch of Hepworth's last-known serious boyfriend. The boyfriend, as seen in a 1982 photograph, was white with dark hair. He would likely be in his mid-50s to early 60s now. Hepworth's family and investigators have not been able to identify him.

Hepworth was last seen alive at about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 25, 1982 while celebrating a friend's birthday at the Fancy Dancer Bar on Route 1 in Fairfax County.

She was found dead about five and a half hours later.

Authorities don't know whether Hepworth left the bar alone and tried to hitchhike, or left with another person. However, they received tips that a red pickup truck, possibly a late 1960s or 1970s model, was spotted near the farm where her body was found.

Anyone with information about Hepworth or the man in the photograph and sketch is asked to call authorities at 703-376-1690 or 703-737-8487. All calls will be confidential, the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office said.

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