Teen found dead inside closet identified

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by By Allison Triarsi and Kevin Peters / 11 News

khou.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 26 at 4:13 PM

HOUSTON - The search is on for the suspect(s) who killed a teenage girl in northwest Harris County.

So far investigators are releasing only few details on 18-year-old Trang Van's death.

They say that it was at about 9 p.m. Thursday when the teen's father discovered her body in a closet at their home at Lazy Lagoon near Newport Shores.

Van's family says that the teen spoke to a relative Thursday afternoon and that they were supposed to meet up for some sort of test, but the relative called again and again but could never reach Van.

Neighbors say they are heartbroken for the family.

"Anybody who has children regardless of age it's difficult to absorb the news for anybody," said Madhu Shanghavi who lives near the family.

If investigators have any idea who did this, they're not talking about it publicly.

They haven't ruled out whether this is the result of a home invasion or domestic dispute involving an ex-boyfriend.

Van's family said that the teen, who just graduated from high school, had hopes of becoming a teacher.

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