SAN RAFAEL (BCN) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered a $50,000 reward for information about the murder of Ashley Yamauchi in San Rafael nearly two years ago.

Yamauchi, 33, of Greenbrae, worked as a nanny in San Rafael and was last seen at the Fourth Street Tavern at 711 Fourth St. watching Monday Night Football on Dec. 15, 2008.

Her partially clothed body was found between a vehicle and a wall of the business around 7:30 a.m. the next day in the tavern’s back parking lot by a business owner reporting for work.

An autopsy determined she had been sexually assaulted and died of asphyxiation.

The $50,000 reward was requested by San Rafael Police Chief Matthew C. Odetto.

The Governor’s Reward program process starts when the governor receives a written request from the chief of the law enforcement agency investigating the crime.

The request must inform the governor that investigators have pursued all leads and believe a reward will help solve the crime. The victim’s family must also support the reward.

The governor makes the final decision regarding whether a reward is offered.

The rewards do not expire and are paid only if the information authorities receive leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons charged with the crime.

There is also a $4,000 reward for information about the crime, San Rafael police said last year on the one-year anniversary of the murder.

Schwarzenegger’s office said 292 governor’s rewards have been offered since 1967, and 22 have been paid.

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Comments (7)
  1. Betsey Low says:

    Please help if you know anything. There is a little girl out there without her Momma. Take that loser off the streets.

  2. El Marr says:

    Qhoever did the crime was in-that bar at one point, and is still out there. WOMEN, please NEVER go to a bar alone, leave with a strange maqn OR woman, carry a gun and knife and USE them to protect yourself. BE AWARE at all times because men-are-rapist and killers throught the entire world. BE SAFE this Holiday time of year.

    1. sr says:

      actually, please don’t carry a weapon unless you have been trained to use it (and have a proper license). otherwise, your attacker could overpower you and use it against you. same goes for pepper spray and tazers. i agree about being aware of your surroundings and not leaving places with strangers.

    2. JC says:

      “BE AWARE at all times because men-are-rapist and killers”

      so all men are rapist and killers!!! your a joke lady
      Maybe women shouldn’t put them selfs in this kind of situations in the first place.

  3. El Marr says:

    A good thing the Terminator did.

  4. Shell says:

    My cousin didn’t deserve this at all . So please help us find who did this and get them off the streets..
    We don’t need negativity just JUSTICE!!!!!

  5. Vigilante says:

    Vigilante Justice is the only way to take out the garbage! Punk ass coward attacking a helpless woman in the dark wish I could give him a few rounds I am also a woman but I am armed I would love to take him out… but not to lunch…

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