MARCH 06, 2015

– An online love match gone wrong is the main theory to explain a gruesome apparent murder-suicide of a young western suburbs couple.

A jogger found the bodies of Dianne Chi, 22, and Paul Pham, 20, in a car at the Otway Ranges last Saturday.

It is believed that Ms Chi was stabbed multiple times and her body driven to the secluded forest area in the car’s boot, after which Mr Pham took his own life.

Members of the pair’s families, who reported them missing about three days before they were found, said they had been dating for up to four months after meeting online.

Both of their computers have now been seized in the hope a forensic analysis of online interactions can unravel what led up to the deaths.

It’s not known what dating site they may have used. Other lines of inquiry remain open.

The Herald Sun understands that neither Ms Chi nor Mr Pham — both of whom were from Melbourne’s western suburbs — were previously known to police, and there was no history of violence between the pair.

It is unclear where Ms Chi, a university student, was killed.

Her body showed signs of an assault, and she had been stabbed twice.

Locals said they had not seen Mr Pham’s purple Honda Civic sedan around Colac before last Saturday’s discovery.

The car was found on a dirt service track parallel to Birregurra-Forrest Rd, about 5km north of the town of Forrest.

Detective Leading Senior Constable Stuart Sims said the crime was highly unusual.

“It’s a bizarre set of circumstances, if that (an online love match) is what it pans out to be,’’ Sen-Det Sims said.

Ms Chi’s death would bring to four the number of Victorian women killed at the hands of their partners, or ex-partners, this year.

There have been at least 14 such deaths nationwide.

The Colac Crime Investigation Unit is preparing a report for the State Coroner.

A royal commission has begun into domestic violence, which Premier Daniel Andrews has called Victoria’s biggest law-and-order challenge.

Anyone with personal problems can phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.

– Wes Hosking


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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