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.