VSP asking for public’s help in solving 20-year cold case


Sara Bruehl – 1999 Atlee High School graduation photo

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia State Police is pursuing new leads and tips related to the 1999 homicide of a teenager in New Kent County.

Twenty years ago on August 8, Sara Bruehl and her two friends were shot while driving along Interstate 64, near exit 205 around Bottoms Bridge. Sara, who was driving, was shot and killed prior to her vehicle losing control and crashing on the interstate. She was traveling with an 18-year-old front seat passenger was also shot along with a 17-year-old backseat passenger who was not shot. Both survived their injuries. The three were recent graduates of Atlee High School in Hanover County.

Suspect in Sara Bruehl’s 1999 homicide

The suspect was described as a light-skinned African-American or Hispanic male with dark eyes and a goatee. The vehicle the suspect was driving was described as a small, red car with tinted windows and halogen lights.

Witness statements and other information gathered during the course of the investigation, showed the belief that Sara and the driver of the red car was involved in a “cat-and-mouse” game of speeding up, slowing down and changing lanes over about a 20 mile stretch of the interstate. Both vehicles were travelling eastbound when the other driver reportedly pulled up in the right lane next to Sara’s vehicle, rolled down the window and shot four times into Sara’s car. The suspect then sped away as Sara’s Nissan ran off the roadway and struck a tree.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Virginia State Police at #77 on a cell phone or at 1-800-552-9965 or by email to questions@vsp.virginia.gov.

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