High Point murder investigation: Name, cause of death released

New information tonight in the High Point murder investigation. The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has officially identified the victim, 46-year-old Nga Thi Nguyen. The Medical Examiner’s announcement says her death was caused by “blunt force head injury and strangulation.” No new information from police on who might be responsible or what the motive is. Ms. Nguyen was found dead inside her residence on High Point Drive around noon Saturday (here’s our first report); police announced hours later that it was a homicide investigation, the first one in West Seattle since the as-yet-unsolved Beach Drive killing of Greggette Guy in March of last year.

If you have any information for police, the Homicide Tip Line is at 206-233-5000.

16 Replies to "High Point murder investigation: Name, cause of death released"

  • Sandal40 December 17, 2013 (7:55 pm)

    This is a tragic, brutal, murder. So frightening to fathom! So much sorrow in my heart for the victim and her family. Seriously somber :(

  • tl December 17, 2013 (8:22 pm)

    I am equally heartbroken. So extremely sad and feel so sad for victim and her family. It’s unreal really.

  • jackiemo December 17, 2013 (9:29 pm)

    So sad. How could anyone have not witnessed something?

  • trickycoolj December 17, 2013 (11:05 pm)

    Agreed, someone must have seen something odd or heard something. Even if something occurs on my street in the middle of the night I always hear it.

  • alki resident December 17, 2013 (11:39 pm)

    Sorry if I missed it but was there forced entry? Did she interrupt a burglary in progress? What was the significance of the candle that was mentioned previously, it wasn’t hers?

    • WSB December 17, 2013 (11:59 pm)

      AR, no such details have been disclosed by police. So there’s a chance that *could* be just as erroneous as the non-officially speculated cause of death turned out to be.

  • Seattlite December 18, 2013 (11:04 am)

    So tragic for the victim and family. It’s so disconcerting to think of how many sociopathic criminals are walking the streets. Caution is key in this day and age…sad to say.

  • Candy Destiny December 18, 2013 (2:30 pm)

    @Seattlite: Violent crime is actually way down statistically “in this day in age”. Knowledge of the facts is “key”.
    Here’s a link to some stats: http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/wa/crime/
    It’s property crime & burglaries (we are way above the national average), not violent crimes (we are below national average) you have to worry about in Seattle.
    Knowledge is power.

  • Seattlite December 18, 2013 (3:56 pm)

    Candy Destiny — You missed my point.

  • Laura December 19, 2013 (12:24 am)

    I agree Seattite, caution not fear but caution like
    burglaries don’t lead to violent crime. I had a
    family member in Spokane who interrupted a burglary
    in progress and his body was found in a closet
    courtesy of a gun just a couple of years ago.

  • Greenpeace December 19, 2013 (8:21 pm)

    Sad..so sad. Prayers to the family.

  • Fairmountfamily December 26, 2013 (11:31 am)

    Any updates on this??

  • kg December 29, 2013 (12:25 pm)

    Any word on this? Our community is still in shock, and really wanting followup and hopefully some answers.

    • WSB December 29, 2013 (12:37 pm)

      No. In cases like this, police seldom say anything publicly until and unless there is an arrest, or a suspect they need help finding.

  • L.W. December 29, 2013 (9:25 pm)

    The silence is deafening. I would like to hear more of an urging from police to give tips. If you saw anything, if you heard anything… Etc. the fact that they have not had a press conference or come out after the first day with a plea for the public’s help is either good news ( they already know who did it) or bad news ( they have no clue and don’t think public tips would help). Is there a crime stoppers reward for this, I wonder?

  • kg January 5, 2014 (9:35 am)

    Any way WSB can follow up with police for some kind of update? Anything from the police would be good. Our community is anxious for some sort of news on this and we don’t want this to just disappear. Thanks!

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