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Search on for father accused of abducting 2 sons, taking them to Mexico

Posted at 9:39 AM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 12:39:11-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Local and federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a father suspected of abducting his two children and fleeing to Mexico.

Authorities said on Jan. 12, 2019, Foong Lian Chin’s ex-wife dropped off their two sons, with the understanding that he would return them to her on the following day.

However, when Chin did not return the kids, the ex-wife “called law enforcement to check Chin’s address” but “there was no answer at his house.” Law enforcement also tried to reach Chin by phone but could not get a hold of him.

On Jan. 16, 2019, a court gave Chin’s ex-wife full custody of the couple’s children and an arrest warrant was issued for Chin. Authorities said the $1 million warrant is for parental child abduction.

According to authorities, investigators learned Chin took his sons -- 8-year-old Huaiyu Chin and 7-year-old Binyu Chin -- to Mexico.

Chin, who immigrated to the U.S. from Singapore in the 1980s, has lived in New York, Southern California, and Baja California.

Chin and his sons were believed to have last been spotted in Tijuana, Mexico.

Chin is Asian, 47 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighs 130 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on Chin and his sons is asked to call U.S. Marshals Service investigator John Murphy at 619-433-5695 or email

The public can also contact Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case.