FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | JULY 21, 2017
Troy Detectives Seeking Public’s Help in Unsolved Murder Case
TROY, NY – The Troy Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in solving an unresolved homicide case in the City of Troy. On Thursday, July 20, the Department’s Detective Bureau issued the following letter to the public seeking help in identifying possible witnesses which could potentially assist in solving an open case involving the death of nine-year-old Mei-Ling White:
“Mei-Ling White was reported missing on July 21, 1989. She was found dead four days later on July 25, 1989 in a wooded area near her home at the Phelan Court Apartments in Troy, NY. Mei-Ling was only 9 years old. This Friday, July 21, 2017, will be exactly twenty eight years since her disappearance and while the Troy Police Department Detectives continue to investigate this case, an arrest has never been made.
“On the morning of Mei-Ling’s disappearance an eye-witness saw her with two other children at the foot of Thompson Street near Winslow Ave. These two children were reported to be about 8-10 years old at the time. The eye-witness then saw a third youth join with Mei-Ling and the two unknown children. The third youth was described as a white male about 14-15 years old. The eye-witness further reported that the first two children left and Mei-Ling and the third youth were alone on Winslow Ave, not far from where she was eventually located four days later.
“In 1989 the Troy Police Department Detectives made numerous attempts to identify the two children that the eye-witness originally saw Mei-Ling with that morning. These two children were never identified and to this day are still unknown to police. Today, these two children would potentially be in their late 30’s. The Troy Police Department Detectives are pleading with these two individuals to finally come forward and speak to police about that morning. These two individuals are likely the most important witnesses in this on-going investigation.
“Additionally, anyone who was in Mei-Ling’s life at the time of her disappearance is urged to contact police with any information that could assist in this investigation.”
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Sgt. Adam Mason (518) 270-4657, or Detective Mark Mason (518) 270-4455 in the Troy Police Department Detective Bureau. All calls will be confidential.
Read the full letter from the Troy Police Department Detective Bureau here.
Capt. Daniel DeWolf, Troy Police Department
John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131