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Officials find vehicle connected to 2002 missing persons case in Ohio River

Crews used sonar technology to uncover car
Delhi Twp family search Ohio River SUV
Delhi missing persons case stephanie nguyen and children
Ohio River search along Aurora, Indiana
Posted at 10:55 PM, Oct 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-15 17:25:04-04

AURORA, Indiana — Police are working to determine if a missing mom and her two children were inside a vehicle found in the Ohio River Thursday.

In April 2002, Delhi Police started looking for three missing persons: 26-year-old Stephanie Van Nguyen and her two children, 4-year-old Kristina and 3-year-old John. Police said Nguyen had left a note saying she was going to drive into the river, but crews were unable to find the family or the car.

While the case went cold, Delhi Police Lt. Joe Macaluso said they have actively pursued the case for many years. Two now retired detectives have led investigations, and Macaluso said there has been renewed interest in recent years.

Delhi missing persons case stephanie nguyen and children

Along with the Hamilton County Police Association Dive Team and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, police returned to the case. Crews were able to use side scan sonar technology to scan the river, finding three objects in the water within the last week that police believed were promising.

The vehicle the family was last seen in was located in Aurora, Ind. Oct. 13. Crews recovered the car with the help of a towing company, and Delhi Police and Indiana State Police are working together to determine whether Nguyen and her children were in the vehicle.

WCPO will continue to update this story with more information when it is received.