Jie Zhao Li

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Jie Zhao, circa 1988;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 37 (circa 2012)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 11, 1988 from Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 10, 1975
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'11, 75 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Jie Zhao's teeth were slightly crooked at the time of her 1988 disappearance, and her eye teeth were only partially grown in. She may use variations of her name as follows: Jiezhao Li, Jie-Zhao Li, Li Jiezhao and/or Li Jie Zhao. She was born in China.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jie Zhao was a student at Royal Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1988. She selling Zippy's Chili tickets for a fundraiser for her class door-to-door in her neighborhood on February 11, 1988. Her family lived in an apartment on Nuuanu Avenue and she promised to return by approximately 6:00 p.m. Her mother gave her a wristwatch and Jie Zhao said she would time herself when selling her tickets. She never returned home.

    Jie Zhao was last seen near the 7-11 convenience store on Nuuanu Avenue and Kuakini Street, just a few blocks from her home, at approximately 4:45 p.m. She approached people going in and out of the convenience store to ask if they wanted to buy her tickets. She was speaking to people as they were getting in and out of their cars, and witnesses stated she may have gotten into a Chevrolet sedan, described as a 1955, 1956 or 1957 model. Later efforts to track down and question all the owners of vehicles that met that description resulted in no leads.

    Jie Zhao's family began searching for her that evening; the authorities were brought in the following morning. In spite of a massive search, no trace of her was wever found. Investigators believe Jie Zhao may have been abducted and foul play is suspected in her case. Sketches of a person of interest are posted below this case summary. The man has never been identified and it is unclear whether he was involved in Jie Zhao's case.

    Jie Zhao was born in China and emigrated to the United States three years before her disappearance. Her family has kept the same telephone number since 1988, in case she tries to contact them. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Above Images: Person of Interest


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


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    Honolulu Homicide: Murder and Mayhem in Paradise by Gary A. Dias and Robbie Dingeman


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 31, 2012; age-progression and details of disappearance updated.

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