Mouy Tieng Tang

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Above: Tang, circa 2008

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 3, 2008 from Lawndale, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 18, 1962
  • Age: 46 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 128 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Tang has a birthmark under her left eye. She was born in Cambodia and moved to the United States in 1983. She speaks poor English.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white shirt and beige capri pants.
  • Medical Conditions: Tang has severe diabetes, hypothyroidism and disorganized-type schizophrenia. She requires intensive medical attention, including four insulin injections a day. She is also mentally disabled, with a mental age of about fourteen. Tang is frequently confused and sometimes delusional; she needs to be reminded to eat meals and take her medication, and she sometimes has trouble dressing herself. She is considered incompetent and would be a danger to herself if not supervised.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tang lived at Unique Living, an assisted living facility in Lawndale, North Carolina, at the time of her disappearance. She had lived there since 2005. She left the facility at 7:15 a.m. on September 3, 2008, after refusing to take her medication. Tang was last seen in the student parking lot of Burns High School, about two miles from Unique Living in the 300 block of east Stagecoach Trail, at 7:35 a.m. on September 3, 2008. She has never been heard from again.

    Other residents of Unique Living had gone missing from the facility for days at a time, and two died inside the home from accidents. One resident, Kelly "Buck" Whitesides, disappeared from there in 2006, only a week after he moved in. His body was found eight days later, less than 1,000 feet from the facility; he had diabetes and a history of strokes and heart problems and had died of natural causes. A month after Whitesides's body was located, another Unique Living resident signed himself out and didn't return. He was found safe 100 miles away.

    Unique Living had a poor sanitation rating and was repeatedly cited for violations. It was licensed as a care home for the elderly, but many of its residents were younger people with mental illness. One week after Tang's disappearance, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) shut the facility down after deciding that it posed a danger to the health, welfare and safety of its residents. Tang's family filed a lawsuit against it and were awarded a $1.8 million settlement. A DHS committee recommended that the home be fined $50,000 for safety violations.

    Tang remains missing and is presumed to be in great danger due to her medical and mental conditions. She is described as a very quiet individual, and she's considered illiterate. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Cleveland County Sheriff's Office
    704-484-4822

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    Source Information
    Cleveland County Sheriff's Office
    The Gaston Gazette
    The Shelby Star
    WSOC TV
    WCNC
    MSNBC
    NC Wanted
    The News and Observer
    WBTV 3

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 12, 2011; medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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