Leads still sought in MU researcher’s death

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:43 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Capt. Brian Weimer of the MU Police Department said investingators do not have any new leads in the investigation of the death of MU researcher Jeong Im.

Im, 72, was found stabbed to death in the trunk of his burning car Friday afternoon. The car was found in the Maryland Street parking garage at MU.

Police are looking for a man they characterize as a person of interest seen near the garage the day of Im’s death. The man is described as between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, dressed in painter’s pants and a dark-blue hooded sweatshirt. His face was covered with what appeared to be a painter’s or drywall mask. He was seen carrying a gas can.

Police are also trying to locate the owners of two vehicles seen in the garage that day. The first was a blue SUV that was parked on the third-level driving lane of the garage. The second SUV is of unknown color and was parked with its back hatch open.

Weimer said police are continuing to follow up on leads but had nothing new to release about the case Tuesday.

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