In 1995, seven-year-old Lim Shiow Rong was raped and killed by an unknown assailant.
Due to a lack of information and evidence, the police never found the killer.
As the years passed, the heartbreaking murder case quickly turned cold, despite the family’s many attempts to pursue investigations.
But 26 years later, their hopes have been revived, all thanks to developments in 19-year-old Felica Teo’s murder – a cold case that was recently cracked.
Since Teo’s case was solved, the family has made attempts to reinvestigate the case, appealing to the public for information.
And just one week later, they received a tip-off.
Family of 7YO Girl Who Was Killed in 1995 Received Tip-Off After They Appealed on Media
According to The Straits Times, a member of the public has contacted volunteer organisation Crime Library Singapore with a tip-off.
After details of the case were made known to the public last week, a man contacted the organisation saying he had information about a customer of her mother’s coffee shop in Toa Payoh, who fit the description of a photofit circulated by the police in 1995.
The woman’s coffee shop is located at Block 75 Toa Payoh Lorong 5.
This was the last place Shiow Rong was seen alive.
Armed with this new information, the victim’s sister, Lim Jia Hui, 27, lodged a police report on Thursday.
An officer from the Special Investigation Section of the Criminal Investigation Department has since contacted her, according to ST.
“My mum and I were happy and glad that they listened to our appeal and are looking into the case,” Ms Lim said.
The victim’s father, Mr Lim Kim Siong, previously filed a police report in 2014, hoping the case would be reviewed.
On 24 June 1995, seven-year-old Lim Shiow Rong told her mother she was going off to see “papa’s friend”.
Sadly, this would be the last time her mother would see her.
The dead body of the little girl was found the next day, though news outlets disagree on how and where she was discovered.
Both news sources, however, said she had been found near Jalan Woodbridge.
Investigations revealed that she had been raped and strangled to death.
The only evidence the authorities had at the time was a piece of paper that’d been found in Shiow Rong’s waist pouch.
It was reportedly left behind at the stall.
The paper was torn from a cigarette box, and displayed a hand-written pager number alongside the Chinese character “di” – which refers to “younger brother”.
Living in Guilt
Now, Ms Lim is doing everything she can to locate her sister’s killer, if not for justice, to help her mother find closure.
“My mum lives in guilt”, she said. “She thinks that she didn’t take care of her daughter enough (and) blames herself.”
Her father, who was in prison at the time of the deceased’s disappearance, also blamed himself.
“After he came out of prison, he changed a lot. He stopped his drug habits and became a good father. He felt very guilty because he thought he did not protect the family,” said Ms Lim.
“I don’t want this to be a regret if I am not able to find my sister’s killer. I have to step up,” she added.
If you have any information about the unsolved case, please contact the police or the Crime Library Singapore at 6293 5250.
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