FL FL- Suk Yee Chang, 22, Bound, gagged w duct tape, multiple injuries, shot, Tampa, 11 Oct 1992

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    Florida Cold Case: Suk Yee Chang Bound And Murdered In Her Bathroom
    Sept 24 2021
    "The brutal murder of a 22-year-old woman has remained unsolved for nearly 29 years, and police need your help in solving this crime.

    On October 11, 1992, the body of Suk Yee Chang, 22, was found in her bathroom at 4004 W. Estrella in Tampa.''

    Police say she was bound from behind and gagged with duct tape. She was unclothed from the waist down, with multiple injuries to her head and back.''
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    ''Chang suffered a gunshot wound to the back of the head. There was no sign of forced entry into her residence, nor was any property noted to be missing, according to investigators.

    If you have any information regarding this homicide, please contact the Tampa Police Department at 813- 276-3571 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.''
     
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    October 2005 rbbm.
    She was shy and a victim of murder
    ''Except for the telephone on the dining room table, which had a bent antenna suggesting it had been dropped, Lan Hoa Quach found nothing unusual about his house when he got in from work Sunday night.

    The television was on but the lights were off, so he flicked on the switch and went to his bedroom. He took off his dark green suit, hung it in the closet, and laid on his back, savoring his bed for about 15 minutes.

    Then it was time for his shower. He wrapped a towel around his waist and walked toward the bathroom.

    What he saw horrified him.

    It was his 22-year-old cousin, Sukyee Chang, slumped over the bathtub. She was wearing a top and nothing else. At first, Quach thought she had fallen while taking a shower.

    Then he got closer.

    He saw her hands tied behind her back, and a cleaver on the bathtub close to the body. But there was hardly any blood, Quach, 28, said Monday afternoon.

    "I'd never seen anything like that before. It gets very cold," Quach said.

    Quach, thinking his cousin could still be alive, went for the telephone, but it didn't work. He got dressed and drove to the nearby Hao Wah Chinese Restaurant where Chang worked, and dialed 911. He never touched the body, Quach said.

    Monday, Tampa police spokesman Steve Cole said the victim suffered "trauma to the head." But because of the ongoing investigation, he refused to discuss the case in detail.

    He declined to say whether there were signs of forced entry at the house at 4004 W Estrella Ave.

    Quach, however, said the front door is usually hard to open, but that Sunday night it opened easily.

    Cole said police had no suspects in the case, and that the motive was "unclear at this time."


    Quach said he had no idea why someone would want to hurt his cousin, whom he described as shy and generous.

    Chang was born in Hong Kong and traveled frequently between Tampa and Venezuela, where her family lives. She moved into the three-bedroom house with Quach in September.

    She initially wanted to become a nurse, Quach said, but started concentrating on drawing because she was worried about getting AIDS by handling blood.

    He last saw her Sunday morning, as he was leaving for work at the Hao Wah Chinese Restaurant in St. Petersburg, where he's the manager. She was waiting for a friend to go downtown to the "Taste of Florida."

    "She was very happy," he said.

    The friend, a waitress she worked with, last saw her between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

    Quach, meanwhile, already is thinking about selling the house.

    "I feel very sad and very cold," said Quach, who is now staying with his parents in Town 'N Country. "I don't want to live alone.

    "It's so scary."

    _ PAUL DE LA GARZA
     
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    Did she work with someone who was infatuated with her? Someone she would have opened the door for and not considered a threat.
     
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    The house and the restaurant are 0.3 miles apart so she must have walked? I wonder if someone followed her and once inside, forced her to hang up the phone.


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    A cleaver does suggest an Asian connection, as it is widely used by Asian cooks.

    But the perp had a gun with them too. And duct tape and such. Bringing too many tools and left behind a cleaver?

    Or was it used by Sukyee to defend herself (unsuccessfully)?
     
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    Apparently she did not turn up for work that evening. She was last seen returning home from her day out, not from work.
     
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    Yes agreed. I was thinking since the last time the waitress/ friend saw her, that could have been at the restaurant. Maybe they stopped there after their day out, maybe not.
     
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