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A look back at efforts to solve the Jeong Im homicide

By Missourian staff
January 30, 2013 | 8:23 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — MU Police said Tuesday that the 2005 homicide of Jeong Im has been solved.

MU Police Chief Jack Watring identified Timothy Hoag as the man behind the slaying. He committed suicide in August 2012.

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Read more about Wednesday's developments on the case here.

The Im homicide case has remained unsolved for eight years. Im's body was found on the afternoon of Jan. 7, 2005, in the trunk of his car in the Maryland Avenue parking garage. Im had been stabbed multiple times in the chest, and the car had been set on fire.

Missourian members can read more about the case and the department's efforts to solve the homicide. (Stories are in reverse chronological order.)

Jeong Im homicide report submitted to crime center

In January 2012, MU police sent a copy of its report on the 2005 homicide to the Mid-States Organized Crime Information Center in Springfield to get a fresh look at the unsolved case.

Columbia blogger to investigate unsolved MU murder

In 2009, Mike Martin announced that he was launching his own investigation into the Im homicide, saying there were holes in the local investigation and media coverage.

Slaying still a mystery a year later

A year after Jeong Im's body was found in the trunk of his Honda Accord, police continued to seek information from the public.

Police share more details about killing

In October 2005, MU police released a more detailed description of the "person of interest" in the case. Immediately after the slaying, police had released a vague description and sketch. The police also released a picture of the knife used in the attack and a description of a vehicle near the scene.

Navy aids MU police in murder legwork

Naval Criminal Investigative Service federal agents — including a renowned “cold case” forensic specialist — were called in to assist MU police soon after the slaying.