Vehicle of a woman who went missing with her kids 20 years ago, discovered in Ohio River


Police in Hamilton County confirmed that they have discovered the vehicle of a woman who went missing with her two kids from Ohio River.

Stephanie Van Nguyen, 26, and her two children, Kristina, age 4 and John age 3, went missing in early 2002.

The police in Delhi Township of Hamilton County launched an investigation in April 2002 but the case went cold following a lengthy probe.

“Mrs. Nguyen left a note that she was going to drive into the Ohio River. A lengthy investigation began, however, the case went cold,” the Delhi Township Police Department said in a statement.

The statement further added that the Delhi Police took a new look at this case in 2021, with the support of Hamilton County Police Association Dive Team and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), who assisted Delhi Police in the investigation.

With the advancements of side scan sonar technology, the teams scanned the Ohio River for almost six months and discovered three unique objects in the water last week that looked promising.

“On 10/13/21, both dive teams from Hamilton County Police Association and IDNR were called to the scene, and the vehicle in which the family was last seen was located in Aurora, Indiana. Schaffer’s Towing assisted with the recovery of the vehicle,” the statement said, adding that the Indiana State Police is now assisting Delhi Police to determine if Mrs. Nguyen and her children were in the vehicle.



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