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An Vinh Nguyen, a student at the University of Houston, has been identified after being missing for more than a year. The body of Nguyen was found in a wooded area on April 23 and the medical examiner’s office has determined it belongs to the student who was last seen by family and friends in March 31, 2017.
From the ABC 13 report:
Nguyen was last seen by his family in northwest Harris County on March 31, 2017. His family says Nguyen left a friend’s home at the Golden Bamboo II Apartments at 8125 Mills Road in the Willowbrook area.
That friend and co-worker, Bobby Johnson, said that Nguyen told him he was heading home to finish a paper for school. The drive between Johnson’s house and Nguyen’s home should have taken about 15 minutes.
Nguyen studied at the UH Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
According to reports, two cousins — Jerret Jamal Allen and Brandon Lyons — were initially linked to the disappearance of Nguyen back in August 2017. The pair was also linked to the murder of a male nurse who worked at St. Luke’s in the Texas Medical Center, with investigators believing dating apps were used to lure the suspects and set them up for robbery.
Lyons was arrested and charged with capital murder for the death of 44-year-old nurse Glenser Soliman, with prosecutors saying Soliman was beaten and strangled.
Allen, meanwhile, was linked to the disappearance of Nguyen when Harris County detectives discovered he was using Nguyen’s credit cards in El Paso dating back to April 2017, shortly after Nguyen’s initial disappearance.
Where Was Nguyen Discovered?
Nguyen’s body was discovered in northwest Harris County in a wooded area by 14381 Whistling Pines Drive, the medical examiner’s office announced. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Nguyen as they continue to deal with this incredibly tragic time.