Who Killed Jenny Lin? Castro Valley Murder Update, Where Are Her Parents Today?


Jenny Lin was brutally killed in her Castro Valley, CA, home on May 27, 1994 ( Source : instagram )

Jenny Lin was murdered at her Castro Valley home 28 years ago. The family keeps looking for the murderer.

In 1994, a 14-year-old girl was brutally murdered inside the secure suburban home of her parents, shocking the neighborhood and leaving investigators unable to determine the motivation for the crime.

She was an A student and wanted to work as a marine biologist. Jenny was the youngest member of the Castro Valley Orchestra, a gifted violist, and a talented dancer and pianist.

Investigators began to realize their fear as more information came to light, namely that Jenny Lin's murder was not only an act of opportunity but had been meticulously planned.

Detectives in Alameda County have been horrified and burdened by Jenny's murder for almost 30 years as they have often asked themselves, why Jenny?

Who Killed Jenny Lin? Castro Valley Murder Update

Two days after turning fourteen, on May 27, 1994, Jenny was fatally murdered in her own home in a quiet neighborhood in Castro Valley, California.

Despite the investigators at the local sheriff's office working nonstop on this investigation, there has been no breakthrough, and no suspects have been positively identified. The crime's cause is still a mystery.

The murderer's crime was carried out precisely because the investigators had very little information to work with. The local police brought in even the FBI to assist with various areas of the inquiry. In particular, the FBI conducted several lab tests and studies to try to piece together the killer's profile.

Jenny Lin was a straight-A student at Canyon Middle School
Jenny Lin was a straight-A student at Canyon Middle School ( Source : twitter )

Sebastian Shaw, a serial killer, was once thought to be a suspect by law enforcement. But he passed away in prison in Oregon last year. Shaw was given three life sentences for the 1992 murders of Todd Rudiger, 29, and Donna Ferguson, 18, as well as the 1991 murder of Jay Rickbeil.

In 1995, he admitted to raping a lady. Then Shaw asserted that he had murdered over 10 individuals. He did, however, stipulate that he would only divulge more details if authorities were able to save his life.

Where Are Jenny Lin Parents Today? 

John and Mei-Lian Lin, Lin's parents, said their family was "devastated" by their daughter's horrific death. However, they "promise to continue working with authorities until the crime is solved and to carry on Jenny's hopes to see her life prolonged in a unique form."

John remembered a strange occurrence just two weeks ago, shortly after the murder. He was in the parking lot of a train station when a disheveled man with delicate features and dark bushy hair walked up to him. He offered him a "bargain" and said he had his daughter.

John ignored the man and continued driving because he knew Jenny was attending a viola lesson at the time. Later, he pondered whether the odd man might be accountable for his daughter's bloody demise.

He was depicted in a public sketch, but no name has been given.

Jenny's family members were devastated by her passing, so they established a toll-free hotline, planned a dance fundraiser with blue ribbons—favorite Jenny's color—and handed out brochures. Sadly, none of the tips received resulted in the capture of Jenny's murderer.

The Jenny Lin Foundation, established in her honor, has provided music scholarships and free music programs to the community for more than 20 years. It has also held several safety fairs, workshops, and competitions to promote parents' and kids' safety awareness and education.

DNA Technology To Solve Jenny Lin Murder

Sheriff Greg Ahern of Alameda County stated that investigators reexamined the evidence using new DNA technology to determine who murdered Jennifer "Jenny" Lin decades earlier. According to the sheriff, detectives can extract new cells and discover new clues with technology.

Her family holds an annual memorial service and candlelight march to keep her memory and the hunt for her killer fresh in the minds of the community.

For years, there has been a $100,000 reward for information that results in the capture and conviction of the individual responsible for her death.

The public has been asked for assistance and invited to come forward if they have any information by the FBI and the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office can be reached at (510) 667-3622, and the FBI San Francisco Division can be reached at (415) 553-7400, per the FBI's request.


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