Jeong Im homicide report submitted to crime center

Friday, January 6, 2012 | 2:16 p.m. CST; updated 6:50 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 7, 2012

COLUMBIA — Seeking a fresh look at the unsolved case, MU Police have sent a copy of its report on the 2005 Jeong Im homicide to the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center in Springfield.

The crime information center is one of six regional centers of the Regional Information Sharing System. The latter operates nationwide to aid law enforcement with investigations of criminal cases.

MU Police Department Capt. Brian Weimer said news reports that the case was being turned over to the crime information center are incorrect. The center is just taking a look at the case report to see if there is anything it would suggest doing to move the case forward, Weimer said.

"We have sent copies of the report to organizations like this one before," Weimer said. "This is just one more."

Im was stabbed to death and stuffed into the trunk of his car before the car was set on fire on Jan. 7, 2005. 

Im, 72, was a microbiologist in MU's Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He usually had coffee with other Korean researchers from his department at 11:30 a.m., and when he didn't show up that Friday, they knew something was wrong. Investigators were able to narrow down the time of his slaying to sometime between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m.

Since the homicide Im's family has moved to California, Weimer said.

Police are still offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

Weimer said anyone with information should contact MU police at 882-7203 or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477.

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Mike Martin January 6, 2012 | 8:04 p.m.

Glad to see interest revived in Dr. Im's homicide.

Should anyone be interested in the many un-reported details about this case -- and there were many -- please check out this 9-story series:

The stories start at the bottom and move upward.

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John Schultz January 9, 2012 | 2:43 a.m.

Let's not forget the snippet below from the end of the last story in your series, or the drama and hurt it caused in a small online community, for what appeared to be Mike Martin's benefit:

Davis has been forthcoming, both to the Heart Beat and before he was considered a suspect, to the Missourian and the Columbia Daily Tribune, who interviewed him about the case. "I have been honest throughout."

Repeatedly emphasizing that the cause of justice is not served by, as he termed it, "blogurbation" about the murder, Davis predicted that he'd be acquitted if he were accused and tried for Im's murder.

"I would then have to sue for recovery of legal expenses, and I'd be considerably more than gracious if I didn't name [the Columbia Heart Beat] as a co-defendant for your contribution to my wrongful prosecution," he warned. "Do you really want to take the (minor, but nonzero) chance that I'll wind up like Ryan Ferguson? The worst that can happen here is the courts convict an innocent man. The best that can happen here is you get an Enquirer-style story, and further damage my reputation."

"Just think about why you're doing this," Davis ended our interview. "Pointing the finger at me doesn't serve justice."

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Ellis Smith January 9, 2012 | 6:36 a.m.

To quote a well-known and recently deceased baseball player, my seeing your above newspaper article proved to be "deja vu all over again."

A few weeks ago I posted a comment on another Missourian news article in which I asked, as an aside, whether anything is happening concerning Dr. Im's homicide; now I find there is some activity. Should anyone be interested, the reference to my post is listed on my Profile sheet (everyone posting here has a Profile sheet).

Obviously, this must be a coincidence. I am not clairvoyant.

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hank ottinger January 9, 2012 | 11:42 a.m.

Ellis: "it ain't over til it's over," Yogi once said. And in this case, it's a relevant statement. He's still alive, not "recently deceased."

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