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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 0204201503
Subject :

Press Conference Announcement: Cold Case Homicide Video to be Released on Friday
Contact : Zach Perron, Lieutenant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Palo Alto, CA -- At a press conference this Friday, the Palo Alto Police Department will release a new video describing an unsolved homicide from 2001 in an effort to renew community interest in the case and to solicit tips from the public.

Just after midnight on Sunday, June 10, 2001, 21-year-old college student Maria Hsiao was standing with friends and family outside the now-defunct Q Café at 529 Alma Street when she was shot and killed by an unknown suspect.  The case remains unsolved to this day.  There is a standing $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for her death.  A photo of Maria is attached to this release.

The press conference will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 250 Hamilton Avenue in Palo Alto.  The public is invited to attend.  Lieutenant Zach Perron will speak about the case briefly before the 10-minute video debuts for the first time.  The video features interviews with Maria's family.

The video, which was filmed and produced by the Midpen Media Center of Palo Alto (, will be released shortly after the press conference on the Department’s many social media channels.  It will also air regularly in the coming days on both Comcast Channel 27 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99.

"Someone out there knows the truth about what happened that night," said Lieutenant Perron.  “We’re hoping this video reaches that person and spurs them to come forward.  They hold the key to breaking this case and to bringing a sense of closure to Maria’s family.”

Anyone with information about this homicide is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or