November 2, 2011

08/26/98: Yim Yeung Tsui, 19, New Hyde Park, NY

Jimmy Tsui
Missing since
Jimmy Tsui is missing.

On August 26, 1998, Yim Yeung Tsui, 19, disappeared under unknown circumstances. Yim, or Jimmy as he was often called, was a student at Stony Brook University, had been summering with is family in New Hyde Park, New York. On the morning of his disappearance, his older sister, Victoria, stopped by his room as she left for work at 8:30 a.m. Yim's bedroom door was open, and he was sound asleep in his bed. Nothing seemed unusual. It was the last time he was seen.

About Yim Yeung Tsui

In 1988, Jimmy and his family emigrated to the United States from south China. Victoria Tsui told that her brother had some trouble adjusting to the change, but he picked up English pretty quickly. He attended elementary school at Hillside Grade School and graduated from New Hyde Park Memorial High School.

Yim Tsui;
undated photo
While a student at Stony Brook University, relatives say that Tsui often came home to sleep. He was an introvert and had a few friends but, to their knowledge, he did not have a girlfriend. They also say Tsui was not the type to run away or to get into trouble.

At the time of his disappearance, Tsui was getting ready to enter his junior year and had not yet declared a major. He was taking four credits over the summer and living at home with his family. The term was to finish Aug. 28, two days after he went missing. However, the family told that they were informed by the university that Tsui was expelled for not maintaining adequate academic standing.

In May 2011, investigators looked into the possibility that the remains of "John Doe #8" found along Ocean Parkway in Long Island, NY, might be that of Jimmy Tsui. The John Doe was an Asian male in his late teens or early 20s, but investigators noted differences between the two physical descriptions. Suffolk forensic experts compared a DNA sample from the remains to one of Tsui's sisters and concluded that the remains did not belong to Tsui. Jimmy Tsui is still missing.

Tsui's name and photos are still listed in national missing persons databases, but that has not yielded any results. His family remains hopeful that Tsui will return or that they will someday find answers.

Case Details

Name/age: Yim Yeung Tsui, 19
College: Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
Last Seen: 8/26/97, New Hyde Park, NY
Physical Description: Asian male, 5’10,” 140 lbs, black hair and eyes. Last seen wearing blue jeans and glasses.
Date of birth: 3/27/78
Investigating Police Agency: Nassau County Police Department

Updated: 5/13/11, 6/12/11, 9/22/11, 11/2/11, 4/24/12.


DocConjure said...

Not to take away from this case, but here is a rare female mysterious drowning death:

Her name is Sarah Townsend and her body was found in a pond after being reported missing, no signs of foul play. Her car was found nearby. She was reportedly in a happy mood and was preparing to attend the Prom.

Monique777 said...

I had no idea all these bodies were found in NY and 4 were thought to be related. I am curious how they are thought to be related, drinking or foul play?

My sympathy goes out to Yim's family.

Lisa said...


Authorities have been investigating the possibility that multiple killers (or even multiple serial killers), have been using the area.

The remains of four missing women found wrapped in burlap have now been identified. All were in their 20s and advertised escort services on Craigslist. They were found in thick brush along a mile strech between Gilgo Beach and Oak Beach, but closer to Oak Beach. The sister of one of the victims reportedly received a disturbing phone call from the killer.

A second group of four bodies was found closer to Gilgo Beach, a half a mile away. One woman has been identified and was known to be working as a prostitute. Her body had been dismembered. Her death is not thought to be related to the Craigslist deaths. But NY has two unsolved dismemberment cases on the books, which raises the question of a second serial killer using the area. Found in close proximity to her body were the remains of a woman and child (still unidentified) and an Asian man in his 20s, John Doe #8, which could be Yim Yeung Tsui. These cases are now not thought to be related to other four. I believe it is not yet known whether these were the work of the same killer or separate killers.

DocConjure said...

I just wanted to add that with regard to the serial killers in question, it is believed by many that the guilty are indeed police officers or have a background in law enforcement. It has been reported that there were two suspects, both have a history as police officers, though the police later denied they were suspects. The thing is that one of the man was the last person to have spoken to at least one of the victims. He had spoken to her over the phone. So in my opinion, the police claiming those two men aren't suspects is either due to them not wanting to release any info until the investigation is complete or they are covering it up.

tft2003 said...

What happened to this blog??

Lisa said...


I'm not sure what you mean. The post on Yim Tsui has been updated recently, but everything is still here. If you're referring to the blog itself, it is still active, but there hasn't been much to report on of late (thank goodness!).