Benson Van Nguyen

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Above Images: Nguyen, circa 2009


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 21, 2009 from San Mateo County, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 15, 1961
  • Age: 47 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian (Vietnamese) male. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Nguyen was last seen in San Mateo County, California on February 21, 2009. He worked as a commercial fisherman. He and two friends left Moss Landing in a 36-foot vessel, the Della C, to go crab fishing. The boat was about four miles west of Point Ano Nuevo when a rogue wave overturned it. Nguyen's friends made it to a life raft. They threw a crab pot towards him, hoping to drag him to safety, but he disappeared in the water. His friends were rescued two hours later and had to be treated for hypothermia.

    An extensive search of the ocean turned up no sign of Nguyen or his remains. He is presumed to have drowned. He left behind a wife and three children.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Mateo County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Santa Cruz Sentinel


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 9, 2009; casefile added.

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