A blood-stained Dodge Neon could be the key to solving the December murder of 21-year-old Melvin Hansen, EPS homicide detectives said yesterday in a public plea to help identify the Neon’s driver.

Hansen was found dead on the lawn of a home near 90 Street and 130 Avenue on Dec. 12, two blocks south of a pub where he was shooting pool with friends.

Detectives believe the suspects found Hansen standing outside the pub, exited the vehicle, and chased him on foot to the location where his body was found the next day.

“He would have to have known at least one of them, or there would be no reason for him to run,” EPS homicide Det. Rob Mills said.

The car — a 1995 white Dodge Neon with tinted black windows and a spoiler — was found two weeks later in a motel parking lot on 51 Avenue and Gateway Boulevard.

DNA testing confirmed blood splattered inside the car was Hansen’s.

Mills said it isn’t believed the car’s owner is linked to the killing.

Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.