Stephanie Van Nguyen Death: Missing Mom Identified from DNA in Bone Found in Submerged SUV

Stephanie Van Nguyen Death: Missing Mom Identified from DNA in Bone Found in Submerged SUV
An Ohio woman disappeared from the Delhi Township area of southwestern Ohio in April 2002, leaving a note that read she was going to drive into the Ohio River, which stretches from Illinois to Pennsylvania. She was 26 years old when she and her two children, 4, and 3 year old, vanished. She was last known to be driving a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder. The case ultimately went cold. The police decided to open it back up in 2021 using new technology.

The search for the family was renewed in October 2021. The submerged 1997 Nissan Pathfinder SUV was discovered from the bank of the river more than 50 feet below the surface and 300 feet through the help of Sonar scan technology that was used in the Ohio River near Lesko Park in Aurora, Indiana.

Indiana State Police said a bone believed to be human had been found inside the SUV on Monday January, 3, 2022. It has been sent to laboratories for testing.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations Laboratory positively identified Nguyen from the fibula bone and through obtaining mitochondrial DNA on Friday, January 7, 2022. She was identified as Stephanie Van Nguyen.

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