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(DALLAS) — Dallas police are following new clues in the case of an 18-year-old girl who was killed on her way to church.

Police now have a description of a man who was last seen with Zoe Hastings, whose van was fished out of a creek not far from her home. They are searching for surveillance video that could help them crack the case.

Police reportedly have not released a cause or time of death. Dallas PD did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Her parents say their daughter was killed as she was set to leave for a mission trip, the latest act of kindness for a teen motivated by giving back.

“That’s really how she treated everyone,” Hastings’s father Jim said.

Authorities say Hastings left her Dallas home on Oct. 11 for a class at the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

But she never made it. Her body was spotted in a creek near the wrecked family van the following day.

“When I saw the pool of blood, I knew that she…and the color of her skin,” said Joseph Noriega, who discovered the body. “I could just tell that she had died.”

Now police are revealing a crucial new development in the hunt for a suspect. An eyewitness told authorities they saw a woman fitting Hastings’ description talking to an unidentified man outside of a local Walgreens.

“The witness describes seeing the male get into that minivan in the driver’s seat and the female moving over to the passenger seat,” said Max Geron of the Dallas Police Department

The sighting was the last time Hastings was seen alive.

The suspected driver allegedly crashed into a street sign nearby.

Officials are now trying to find surveillance video from the area in hopes of discovering who murdered Hastings.

Police say they are zeroing in on a one-hour window starting from the time Hastings was possibly last seen with the man in the van.

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