Linda, Patricia & Austin Tran. Tacoma, Washington.

Photo courtesy of Tacoma Crime Stoppers

Tacoma Police detectives need your help to identify the suspect responsible for the murder of 26-year-old Linda Tran, her 9-year-old daughter Patricia, 1-year-old son Austin, and Linda Tran's unborn child.

At 8:15 p.m. on December 18th, 1998, witnesses saw an unidentified man arguing with victim Linda Tran in front of the victim's house in the 1700 block of E. 40th St. in the City of Tacoma.  Witnesses saw the suspect chase the victim into the house with a baseball bat and heard him order Tran's children into the house.

Minutes later Tran's house exploded in flames, killing the victim and her children.  Detectives believe the suspect beat the victims, set the house on fire, and then locked the victims inside of the house before fleeing on foot.

The unidentified suspect was seen arguing with Linda Tran before the fire and was described as an Asian or black male.  Detectives believe the victim knew the suspect and are looking for any information on the suspect’s identity.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers. 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) 

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