Case Information

Missing
Jin
S
Chin
January 04, 1998 19:46
07/05/2010
55 to 55 years old
Unknown DOB
Asian or Pacific Islander
Male
66.0
110.0

Circumstances

Virginia Beach
Virginia
Virginia Beach City
The Coast Guard suspended an aerial search at sunset without finding
any trace of a 54-year-old man whose small boat was found offshore,
its engine still running, Sunday morning.

Allison von Hagn, a Coast Guard spokeswoman, identified the missing
man as Jin F. Chin .

Chin 's street address was not immediately known, but von Hagn said
his family is believed to have homes in Virginia Beach and Richmond.

Chin 's boat, a 23-foot Robalo called the Formosa, was spotted about
40 miles east of Virginia Beach at 10 a.m. by the crew of a Coast
Guard C-130 search aircraft from the Coast Guard air station at
Elizabeth City.

The commercial fishing vessel Grumpy, which was nearby, was guided to
the scene by the crew of the aircraft.

When a crew member of the Grumpy went aboard the Formosa, he turned
off the engine and secured the vessel.

There was no indication of what had happened to Chin , however, von
Hagn said. Fishing gear and other items were still in place, and there
was no evidence that the boat might have overturned or been swamped.

Chin left from Lynnhaven Inlet about 2 p.m. Saturday on what was to
have been a three-hour fishing trip in coastal waters close to shore.
He was reported missing by a neighbor after he failed to return as
scheduled.

Chin had gone out alone.

The Coast Guard launched the C-130 as well as an HH-60 Jayhawk
helicopter, also based at Elizabeth City, to search for Chin .

The two aircraft had covered an extensive area of ocean off Virginia
Beach by sunset, but saw no sign of the fisherman.

It was not clear how far the small boat may have traveled on its own
without anyone at the wheel.

``It was moving, but not very fast,'' von Hagn said. ``It was going
pretty slow.''

The vessel was left at sea for the time being.

Chin had no known history of medical problems that might help explain
his disappearance, von Hagn said.

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Black
Brown
Brown


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Investigating Agency

Det
Kevin
Lokey
757-385-1890
1998-003424
Local
Virginia Beach Police Department
2509 Princess Anne Av
BLDG 11
Virginia Beach
Virginia
23456
VBPD NamUs Case Manager


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Angela
Curran
7573854023
Law Enforcement

Case Manager

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Curran
7573854023

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Lokey
7573851890

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Reed
Pamela.Reed@unthsc.edu
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