DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Police in Dallas announced Tuesday that they have new clues in the murder of 18-year-old Zoe Hastings. They were able to locate another spot where her minivan crashed on the night that she disappeared, and even gave a description of a possible suspect.
Investigators have evidence that the teen’s white Honda Odyssey struck a speed limit sign near the intersection of Peavy Road and Newcombe Drive in east Dallas. A witness reportedly saw the crash occur between 4:40 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on October 11. Police are now asking everyone who lives in the area to check any security camera footage for video of the incident.
Neighbors were shocked to learn that Hastings might have passed by them that night. A man who lives near the flattened sign is a friend of the Hastings family. John Sexton said, “To have part of it occur less than 50 yards from the front door, it rattles you to the core.”
The body of Hastings — and the minivan — were found in a creek bed less than a mile away from her Lake Highlands home on October 12. She disappeared the night before, on her way to church.
Hastings was spotted on surveillance camera video at a Walgreens store along Garland Road, returning a movie to the Redbox machine outside. A witness saw a woman matching the teen’s description talking with a man at the store, located about a mile away from where the speed limit sign was run down.
That witness told police that the man got into the driver’s side of the white minivan as the teen moved to the passenger’s side. The man has been described as a black male with a bushy afro, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 170 pounds.
Meanwhile, police continue to canvas homes and businesses in the area, looking for video and witnesses. Anybody who might have information about this murder case is urged to contact the Dallas Police Department at 214-671-3647. Oak Farms Dairy is offering a $10,000 reward for details that lead to an arrest and conviction.