Jin F. Chin

Above: Chin, circa 2010


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 4, 1998 from Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 16, 1942
  • Age: 55 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    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.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Virginia Beach Police Department


    Source Information
    The Virginian-Pilot


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 18, 2010; casefile added.

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