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Big break in 2002 disappearance of mom & 2 kids

Searchers Thursday in Aurora, Indiana pulled a car out of the Ohio River connected to the 2002 disappearance of Stephanie Van Nguyen and her two children, John and Kristina, reports Local12.

The car belongs to the mother who was 26 at the time.

Delhi Township Police reopened the case six months ago as the 20th anniversary of the family’s disappearance approached. Sonar located three vehicles in the river, one belonged to the mother.

WLWT reports the car is a Nissan Pathfinder and had been underwater for 19 years.

“Given the fact that it’s in the water for that length of time, the likelihood of finding anything is going to be slim, but we’re certainly going to try,” Lt. Joe Macaluso of the Delhi Police said.

Stephanie Van Nguyen Family photo

According to Local 12, Stephanie left a note for her husband and parent saying her broken marriage drove her to her death and that she was going to kill herself and her children by driving into the river.

“This has been a case we’ve actively pursued for many years. We did a cold case on it because of the anniversary. Happy for the family we can give some closure,” Macaluso said to Local 12.

Authorities are trying to determine if Nguyen and her children were in the vehicle.

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