The Murder of Mindy Tran — Kelowna’s Infamous Unsolved Murder

A young girl was killed, and the suspect may have been wrongly accused by the police. The mishandled investigation into the case may have resulted in the case going cold.

Liam Hall
7 min readJan 9, 2023
Mindy Tran — Photo Credit

In 1994, the disappearance and murder of Mindy Tran sent shockwaves through the town of Kelowna. When the prime suspect, Shannon Murrin, was arrested and charged with the crime, many believed justice would be served. However, as the investigation and trial progressed, disturbing questions arose about the handling of the case by law enforcement and the reliability of the evidence presented.

In 1994, Mindy Tran was just 8 years old. On August 14th, just after dinner, Mindy went outside to play with a friend. When she didn’t return hundreds of friends, family, and neighbors searched high and low for the little girl.

After days of searching with no clues or lead as to what happened to the little girl, the search was called off on August 22nd.

Mindy and her mom — Photo Credit

Six weeks later her body was found stuffed in a suitcase, after a man with a…



Liam Hall

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