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Jin F. Chin

Missing Person Case September 2021

Chin, approximately 2010

Date reported missing : 01/04/1998

Missing location (approx) :
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :

DOB : 09/16/1942 (78)
Age at the time of disappearance: 55 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 110 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Chin was last seen in Virginia Beach, Virginia on January 4, 1998. He left Lynnhaven Inlet at approximately 2:00 p.m. for what was supposed to be a three-hour fishing trip close to shore. He was sailing a 23-foot Robalo boat called the Formosa.
Chin never returned to shore and has never been heard from again. At 10:00 a.m. the next day, the Formosa was found 40 miles offshore, moving slowly, its motor still running. Fishing gear was aboard and there were no indications that the boat had overturned or been swamped, but Chin was gone.
An extensive search of the ocean turned up no sign of him. He is presumed to have died in a mishap at sea.

Other information and links : ncy

Virginia Beach Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

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The Virginian-Pilot

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