The Unsolved Murder of Andrew Moore
Case File Overview
On September 12th, 2000, Rita Moore asked her brother to check in on her son, twenty-six-year-old Andrew Moore. Andy lived in a studio apartment at the 1300 block of 8th Avenue in San Diego, California. Andy’s parents had been unable to contact him for days, which was extremely unusual.
Andy had fallen in love with the West Coast when he visited his uncle during his high school summer breaks. He eventually left small-town Pennsylvania and moved to San Diego. He worked as a cook at Maloney’s Tavern in the Gaslamp Quarter while attending San Diego City College full time, majoring in international business.
When Andy’s uncle arrived at his apartment, he looked in the window and immediately called the police. When the authorities forced their way into the home, they found Andy’s body in plain view.
There are mixed reports regarding Andy’s cause of death (some say he was bludgeoned), but it is generally reported he was shot and stabbed to death.
The police believe Andy was likely murdered on September 9th, 2000, the last day anyone reported seeing Andy alive and well.
Despite a thorough investigation by the SDPD’s Homicide Unit, Andy’s case remains unsolved.
Case File Theories
The police are not releasing much information about this case. This makes it difficult to formulate too many solid theories. However, from what little we do know, Andy’s murder might be the case of a robbery gone wrong.
As previously mentioned, Andy was last seen on September 9th, 2000—a Saturday. He was entertaining a group of unidentified visitors in his apartment, two women and a man. The authorities contend Andy was murdered later that evening.
Andy’s apartment was ransacked, and an expensive set of Russell culinary knives and Andy’s red 1994 Suzuki Katana motorcycle were missing.
Andrew on his Suzuki Katana motorcycle
The motorcycle was later recovered on October 17th, 2000. It was found parked in the 1300 block of 24th Street in the Golden Hill neighbourhood. The police think the perpetrator(s) brazenly used the motorcycle for weeks after Andy was killed.
Andy’s parents mentioned they would not be surprised if someone had taken advantage of their son’s trusting nature. His mother stated, “Andy was a friend to everybody, you could say. He was very friendly and outgoing. We could just picture him just having an apartment there and leaving the door open.” Did Andy open his door to the wrong people? Sadly, this seems all too probable.
Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the persons of interest in this case. First, they are eager to talk to the man and two women seen partying with Andy on that fateful Saturday night. Also, the police would like to interview a black man and a white woman seen driving a white sub-compact car, perhaps a Volkswagen Rabbit, near Andy’s house on the night of the murder.
Thankfully, though, the authorities are not just counting on the public’s assistance to solve this mystery. They have forensic evidence that could break this case wide open. Homicide Lt. Manny Del Toro told the media, “We run DNA checks on that case about two or three times a year in hopes of obtaining additional information.” He also outlined how fingerprints associated with the case are re-run through the system on a regular basis looking for possible hits.
Given these statements, it is clear the police have both DNA and fingerprint evidence from the crime scene and/or Andy’s motorcycle. Catching Andy’s killer(s) may depend on whether or not the perpetrator(s) commit another crime, have their information entered into the system, and it matches the evidence connected to Andy’s murder.
Who do you think murdered Andrew?
Andy’s parents adopted him in 1974 after he was airlifted out of Vietnam. The Moores fully embraced Andy into their loving family, and he is dearly missed.
The Moores established the Andrew Tan Tai Moore Scholarship at San Diego City College, and they painstakingly choose the winner each year and then fly into town to present the award to a deserving student. In this way, the Moores can gain some pleasure in knowing that Andy’s legacy lives on through other young students who are working hard to achieve their dreams.
Andy’s parents have continually pleaded with the public to help solve their son’s murder. Rita, Andy’s mother, told reporters, “We hope that someone out there who knows something about Andy’s case will finally come forth and give us the information that we need, so that the police can solve his case. We think Andy deserves justice. He’s missed out on—we can’t begin to tell you how much he’s missed out on, as our family grows. We miss him terribly.”
Andrew’s parents, Rita and Richard Moore
If you have any information that can assist with solving this case, please contact the SDPD’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-888-580-8477. There is a $56,000 reward available for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Andy’s killer.
“Information Sought on the 18 Year Anniversary of Andrew Moore’s Murder” – San Diego County Crime Stoppers article
“Parents of Murdered Son Seek ‘Justice for Andy’” – The San Diego Union-Tribune article
“Andy Moore” – Considering Cold Cases article