New action in Mei-Ling White murder investigation

July 22, 2018 06:52 PM

TROY -- Kuei-Chen White says the murder of her sister Mei-Ling had a huge impact on both her family and the wider community.  

"I always wonder if she was here, what would she look like?  How would she be?  She's always the missing part of our family," she said.

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She's asking anyone with information to come forward.

"Let her soul rest in peace, finally."

Troy Police Detective Sergeant Adam Mason is devoted to this cold case.  He is reviewing it with fresh eyes.

"It was the early morning hours of July 21, 1989, and Mei-Ling was outside riding her bicycle, a bicycle that her parents had bought for her because she had received good grades in school that year," he said.

The eight-year-old girl disappeared.  

Her body was found four days later in the woods off the Phelan Court Apartments in South Troy, where she lived. She had been sexually assaulted and asphyxiated.

"We have re-submitted several pieces of evidence," said Detective Mason.  "With advancements in technology, we're hoping that we're able to find something new by re-submitting those pieces of evidence."

Police are also re-interviewing people.
White is happy about this renewed push to solve the case.

"I am so grateful because sometimes I feel like she's been forgotten.  And I have a child now that God forbid someone took my child.  So I feel for my mother," she said, wiping away tears.

"I say that Mei-Ling will always be remembered as an innocent 8-year-old girl, and in the meantime, the person that did this to her continues to live their life and have all the privileges that life has to offer.  And that's just not fair," said Detective Mason.

In his office, Mei-Ling's face looks out from photos on the wall and bulletin board.

"I have that picture up to remind me every day when I come in my office, it's the first thing that I see, to remind me how hard I need to work in this case," he said.

A witness told police that Mei-Ling was with two children the day she disappeared, and then a teen-aged boy walked with her into the woods at the bottom of Thompson Street.  Police want to identify all three of those people.

There is a reward in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Troy Police Detective Sergeant Adam Mason at (518) 270-4657 or email


Kumi Tucker

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