Bone Located in Vehicle Pulled from Ohio River Positively Identified

According to the investigators, the bone belonged to Stephanie Van Nguyen, who has been missing since 2002.

(Left to right): Stephanie Van Nguyen, Kristina and John. Photos via the Delhi Township Police.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – The human bone recovered from a vehicle pulled from the Ohio River in Aurora has been clearly identified.

On Friday, the Dearborn County Coroner’s Office was contacted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Laboratory to confirm they positively identified the recovered bone as Stephanie Van Nguyen’s.

The fibula was recovered on October 18, 2021 in a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder pulled from the Ohio River just four days earlier.

The vehicle belonged to Van Nguyen, who had been reported missing along with her two children since April 2002.

Delhi police resumed the 20-year-old cold case last year. Advances in side-scan sonar technology helped investigators head to the Ohio River near Lesko Park in Aurora, where they located Nguyen’s vehicle.

Before her disappearance in 2002, Nguyen left a note stating that she was going into the river near the Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun.

With no other remains found in the vehicle, their children, Kristina and John, will continue to be listed as openly missing unless their remains are found or the family records are legally deceased by the court.

Once the weather improves, another dive is planned to look for other possible remains.

“I am excited to finally graduate Ms. Nguyen’s family in this nearly two decades long search for their loved one,” said Dearborn County coroner Cameron McCreary.

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