San Rafael, CA – December 8, 2010. Governor Schwarzenegger has approved the offer of a $50,000 reward in the Ashley Yamauchi homicide. San Rafael Police are hopeful that this substantial reward will provide new information leading to an arrest.
On December 16, 2008 the partially clad body of Ashley Yamauchi was found in the parking lot behind the Fourth Street Tavern at 711 Fourth Street. Yamauchi, 33, had been sexually assaulted and died of asphyxiation. She was the mother of an 8 year old daughter and worked as a nanny for a San Rafael family. Ashley was in the Tavern the previous evening watching Monday Night Football and was last seen alive as she left through the back door with a man she met at the bar. Her body was discovered the next morning by a downtown business owner. San Rafael Police Detectives have been working tirelessly on this case over the past two years, following up on numerous leads and coordinating the analysis of evidence recovered from the scene. DNA evidence was obtained but has not yet led to an identifiable suspect.
In November, SRPD, with the assistance of Assemblymember Jared Huffman’s office, applied for a reward through the California Governor’s Reward Program. The purpose of the program is to assist law enforcement in specific crimes where additional information could lead to the successful resolution of the case. The reward is paid if the information provided leads to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the individual or individuals charged with the crime. Yesterday, SRPD learned that a $50,000 reward has been approved. The police department is extremely grateful to Assemblymember Huffman for his support. “I am very pleased to see that the Governor’s office has offered a reward of $50,000” said Assemblymember Huffman, “and I hope that the reward will help bring Ashley Yamauchi’s killer to justice and in doing so provide closure for the family.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the
Ashley Yamauchi Tip Line at
or email to
A press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, December 15 at 1100 to mark the two year anniversary of Ashley’s death and formally announce the reward. More information about this event
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