City Desk

Joyce Chiang Murder Solved?

Metropolitan Police Department officials could announce tomorrow that they've got a suspect in the 1999 murder of government immigration lawyer Joyce Chiang.

Chiang's body was found in the Anacostia River 12 years ago, months after she disappeared from Dupont Circle. She was 28.

In July 1999, Eddie Dean wrote about the case for Washington City Paper:

Now, six months after she disappeared, and four after her body was found, the case is at a full stop. Because the way Chiang died remains unknown, authorities have not officially declared her death a homicide. In the MPD's Crime Solvers Web site, the case is dubbed a "death investigation." Random violence, suicide, death by misadventure—nothing can be ruled out. A Joyce Chiang Task Force has been formed; its appeal to the public hints that she probably didn't leave Dupont Circle of her own accord: "Anyone with information about the disappearance of Joyce Chiang, or anyone who may have been the victim of an attempted abduction in the Dupont Circle is asked to contact the FBI."

Nearly 12 years later, the "full stop" could be over, and the case might finally be closed.

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