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Bone Found in Sunken Car Identified as Missing Asian American Woman’s

A coroner has identified a bone found in a submerged vehicle pulled from the Ohio River as belonging to Stephanie Van Nguyen, the woman from a 2002 missing persons case, WLWT reports.

In 2002, Nguyen left a suicide note stating she was going to kill herself and her two children by driving into the river, WKRC reports. The 26-year-old mother and her two children, Kristina, 4, and John, 3, have been missing ever since.

In October 2021, a car was pulled from the Ohio River near Lesko Park in Aurora.

Authorities found several bones. Krista Latham and her team from the University of Indianapolis Anthropology Division analyzed a fibula bone. The bone was sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Laboratory.

The laboratory obtained mitochondrial DNA from the bone and identified it as belonging to Nguyen, WLWT reports.

The children are still being listed as missing until more remains are found. Once the weather improves, authorities are planning to conduct more dives into the river.

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