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Amber Alert Issued for 12 year old Zina Linnik in Washington State (Suspect Asian in White Van?)

An Amber Alert has been issued for 12 year old Zina Linnik who has been missing since around 9:45 pm on July 4, in an alley behind her house.

(Zina Linnik)


  • Linnik is described as a blonde
  • 4-foot-11-inch-tall Ukrainian girl
  • weighs 80 pounds
  • reportedly wearing a pink T-shirt, pink/orange/yellow
    capri pants and red flip-flop sandals at the time of her disappearance.
  • Her hair was in a ponytail.

State authorities issued an Amber Alert for Linnik, who was last seen around 9:45 p.m. on July 4, in an alley behind her house, Tacoma police said.

Witnesses reported hearing a scream and seeing a man get into an older, gray van and drive away.

Police said the driver of the van might or might not have been an Asian male as he was described earlier by police. (FOX NEWS)

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tacoma police at 253-591-5963.

Tacoma girl, 12, snatched from alley

An Independence Day celebration turned into a nightmare for a Tacoma family late Wednesday night when their 12-year-old daughter vanished, the victim of an apparent abduction.

The girl’s father, Michael Linnik, heard a scream from the alley in the back of the family house, then ran outside to see a van speeding from the area.

Police are searching for Zina Linnik, who was last seen around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday in the alley in the 2500 block of South J Street. They’re also seeking an older-model gray van seen leaving the neighborhood.


Nation Center for Missing & Exploited Children

UPDATE I: Police searching for 2 possible witnesses to girl’s disappearance

Two people were seen at a bus stop near the home of 12-year-old Zina Linnik around the time she disappeared, according to Tacoma police.

Spokesperson Mark Fulghum said the two were seen at the bus stop at 25th and South ‘J’ Street before and after the time the girl disappeared. Police are now trying to find the two people in hopes they may have new clues that could aid the investigation. Police urge anyone with information on the two people to contact them.

The license plate of the van contains the numbers 1677, but a complete license number was not available. (KOMO-TV)

July 6th, 2007 at 07:43am Posted by | abduction, Amber Alert, Missing, Missing Children, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Zina Linnik | 13 comments

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  1. I am going to make this a matter of prayer, what is with these people snatching innocent children? This poor family my prayers are with them.

    Comment by di | July 6, 2007

  2. i cant belive this happened to her.i knew her

    Comment by jasmin | July 7, 2007

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  5. Over 40 registered sex offenders within .5 miles of her home.
    Updated 5 p.m. – Tiger Mountain in Issaquah yielded the remains of a family pet, Tacoma police said today, but no trace of 12-year-old Zina Linnik, missing since July 4.
    “I think Tiger Mountain’s all done,” said police spokesman Mark Fulghum.

    FBI searchers left the east King County site this morning, concluding that a spot of freshly dug earth where a pet had been buried had nothing to do with the girl’s disappearance. Few other new details emerged from an impromptu news conference at police headquarters this afternoon.

    A convicted sex offender labeled a person of interest in the case is still being detained on unrelated immigration charges. The 42-year-old man is no longer talking to police, and has asked for an attorney, Fulghum said.

    So far, said Fulghum, the man is the only person of interest associated with the case. He has not been charged with any crime connected to Linnik’s disappearance, though he was charged this week with failure to register as a sex offender. Police detained and questioned the man Monday. Investigative research led them to a home in Parkland where the man was staying, and his van, which fit the partial description of a vehicle seen at the time of Linnik’s disappearance.

    Clothing found at the man’s home and described as “girl’s undergarments” in search warrant documents is in the hands of FBI analysts. The clothing and other items recovered from the man’s home and van are still being tested, Fulghum said. He added that there was “a lot of clothing, and a variety of it,” at the scene, but did not provide more detail. The search warrant document is equally vague, referring only to “asst. clothing” in addition to the undergarments.

    Police and FBI agents plan to canvass the neighborhood of 25th and South J Streets for two hours tonight, repeating an exercise conducted shortly after Linnik’s disappearance. Drivers and passersby in the neighborhood can expect to see officers stopping and talking to people, identifying themselves and asking questions. A number of tips resulted from the first go-round, said Det. Chris Taylor, another police spokesman.

    Zina disappeared about 9:45 p.m. July 4, police say. She was last seen in the alley near her family’s home in the 2500 block of South J Street in Tacoma.

    Tacoma Police will host a community meeting tomorrow to provide the latest information and answer questions about the case. It is set for 6 p.m. at the Peace Community Center, 2106 S. Cushman Ave.

    Comment by Marty | July 11, 2007

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    Comment by emily | July 12, 2007

  8. :( :( :( :( :( :( SO SAD!!

    Comment by emily | July 13, 2007

  9. OMG, i just heard about it on the news, my heart is thorn apart, i can’t believe some Taiwanese peace of shit can come here and kill a child…I’m so fed up with all that shit happening around Seattle, murders, rapes, and now killing of a 12 year old? We need take that mother fucker and publickly cut his fucking head off, like they do it in Sudan and S. Arabia. what kind of punishment such a peace of shit deserves? He needs to be cut in peaces and shiped back to where he came from….Im so upset, and i appologize if some of the things i write comes out very rasist like, but how can one react to a crime like that?

    Comment by Roman | July 13, 2007

  10. This violent perpetrator should have been a)still in prison or b)shipped back to his country of origin. Unfortunately sex crimes are comitted all over the world and are not limited to or more frequent in the US. There are two topics adressed here, the one of sexual deviants and the one about illegal or, as in this murderer’s case, legal immigrants (I am one of the latter myself). I don’t claim to have the solution as to what to do with pedophiles, all I know is that they are usually beyond redemption and that our children have to be protected from them.
    As to the horrific crime rate in the US, much, but not all, is comitted by its own citizens, be it due to the excessive proliferation of fire arms or to the breakdown of social responsiblity and morality. However, many gangs are (please excuse me if this statement, while fairly factual, may not be political correct)comprised of Hispanic youth. Europeans, Asians etc..,can rarely enter this country illegally as Immigration procedures at airports are very stringent…This does not apply to those who come over the very porous southern border…So here is my suggestion to cut down significantly the carnage caused by gangs: Check the members when arrested. If they are illegals, back they go to wherever they came from. If they are Green Card holders, same procedure as should applyas it does to the Thai man who kidnapped Zina Linnick: One-way ticket home.

    I appreciate any response.

    Thank you,


    Comment by Gabrielle | July 13, 2007

  11. the man should be hung such a horrible thing why should they forgive him hes done it twice to a half sister and now to a 12 year old girl
    this is pure…..pure….i dont evan now
    it terrible he should be hung give hinm a pianful deith i dont understand why should you treet him with kindness when hes done this horrible thing give him death a slow and tragic one!

    Comment by Eva | July 13, 2007

  12. OMG!!! Hell no, hell no. He killed her!!! He killed her!!! son of a biatch. id rip his head off!!! OMG!!! Freakin twist his feet pff, cut his hands off… Shes 12 man, come on…You heartless son of a biatch. Id kill you with my own hands. RIP ZINNA.

    Comment by Alex | July 13, 2007

  13. Been awhile from her passing but her pretty face is still in my head, this inocent childs life was taken by a selfish basterd,He is a demon from hell all these sick predators are.I feel for mr and mrs linnik and all her family and friends stay strong but never forget.My prayers are with you and will allways be.Keep your children close and aware every day.

    Comment by valencia | August 8, 2007

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