Hepworth Homicide Investigation

The Virginia State Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office are continuing their probe into a 1982 murder, this week issuing a new, age-progression composite sketch of a man who could shed some light on the cold case.

The Virginia State Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office are continuing their probe into a 1982 murder, this week issuing a new, age-progression composite sketch of a man who could shed some light on the cold case.

The Virginia State Police and Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office are continuing their probe into a 1982 murder, this week issuing a new, age-progression composite sketch of a man who could shed some light on the cold case.

Veronica Hepworth was 20 years old on Feb. 25, 1982, when a motorist found her partially clothed body along a Rt. 50 driveway just east of Gilbert’s Corner.

Hepworth was last seen alive at five and a half hours earlier, at 1:30 a.m., at the Fancy Dancer Bar on Rt. 1 in Fairfax County.

She was there with a group celebrating a friend’s birthday.

It is still unknown whether she left the bar alone and hitchhiked to get home or left with another person.

Courtesy of Virgina State Police

Courtesy of Virgina State Police

Based on tips and witness information, a red pickup truck, possibly a late 1960s or 1970s model, was seen near the farm where her body was discovered.

The search for additional information has centered on finding Hepworth’s last known boyfriend. Investigators have his photo, but do not know his identity.

This week, they released a sketch depicting how the man in the photo might look today.

The age progression sketch was developed utilizing forensic science, aging, anatomy and art from a certified law enforcement forensic artist.

Do You Recognize This Man?
Courtesy of Virginia State Police

Courtesy of Virginia State Police

He is a white male with dark hair and would likely be in his mid-50s to early 60s today.

Anyone with information about Hepworth or the unidentified individual in the photograph/sketch is encouraged to comment below or call the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Fairfax Field Office at 703-376-1690 or the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-737-8487.

All calls will remain confidential.