Georgetown Joins the Search For Missing Law School Alum

By Joe Harten Hoya Staff Writer

The Georgetown community became part of the search this weekend for Joyce Chiang (LAW ’95), the Immunization and Nationalization Service attorney who disappeared Jan. 9. INS and the Federal Bureau of Investigations have requested the public’s assistance in locating Chiang, and the McDonough School of Business has responded with an electronic mailing informing students of the situation.

Chiang, 28, was last seen Jan. 9 at the intersection of R Street and Connecticut Avenue, in the DuPont Circle area, according to FBI media agent Susan Lloyd. Lloyd described Chiang as Chinese-American, 105 pounds, with brown eyes and shoulder-length black hair.

“The story ran on `America’s Most Wanted’ this weekend and is currently under investigation,” said Nancy Cohen, an INS spokesperson. “Park Police and Metro Police are assisting the FBI, which has the lead in the investigation.”

According to FBI reports, Chiang’s government identification and green jacket have been found and turned over to Park Police. Also, a Metropolitan Police search of the Anacostia River did not result in any information regarding Chiang. Police did however uncover the decaying body of an unidentified man in their search, according to a Jan. 22 Washington Post article.

The MSB Technology Center received an e-mail from a current Georgetown MBA student who is a close friend of Chiang and who wanted to aid the search process, according to John Carpenter, director of Computing and Technical Services for SBTC.

Brett A. C. Cobham, the name listed on the e-mail, was not in the directory.

“We were trying to help the effort which seemed kind of stalled,” Carpenter said.

The Georgetown area has been a focal point for information, according to the FBI. “It is a logical point of investigation as the last place she was seen,” Special Agent Elisa Foster of the FBI said.

Friday evening INS held a candlelight vigil for Chiang’s return. Invited speakers included Mayor Anthony Williams and D.C. Councilman Jack Evans.

“It has been two weeks, but INS officials are still optimistic and talking about Joyce in the present tense,” Cohen said.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $45,000 for information leading to Chiang.

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