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Detectives searching phone records of missing 24-year-old girl

January 3, 2019

Since Loc Nguyen, 24, went missing on December 3, detectives have traced her steps and found no evidence of anyone with her the night of her disappearance.

Nguyen’s phone was found a few days after she went missing, and Spokane County Sheriff’s Detectives continue to search for evidence of a kidnapping. They are currently seeking messages and calls to and from the phone, as well as GPS data, according to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Spokane County Superior Court Wednesday.

Nguyen left work at about 7 p.m. at night and drove her ’09 Volkswagen Tiguan to Total Wine and More at the Northpointe Plaza Shopping Mall, according to the affidavit.

At about 11:05 p.m., she texted a family member and said, “I go to my friends house I will be home late tonight,” according to court documents. She didn’t message them again that night.

Two days later, the day family members reported her missing, a man found her car parked at a trail head near South Mirabeau Park in Spokane County. Nguyen’s phone was lying in the rocks and partly in the river, and the man took the phone to a T-Mobile store, where employees alerted police.

Detectives found three photos on the phone, and one was a picture of Nguyen’s car and someone’s hand, presumably Nguyen’s, holding a bottle of alcohol. The metadata from the picture showed she took the picture at a Petsmart at the Northpointe Plaza Shopping Mall.

After reviewing surveillance footage at Total Wine and More, Detectives found video of Nguyen alone buying the bottle of alcohol. At Petsmart, there was also no evidence that she was with someone else, court documents stated.

Detectives found the car in a remote spot of Spokane Valley and searched the area but found no other trace of Nguyen. No keys were in the car’s ignition, and Nguyen’s purse and wallet had more than $100.00 in cash, court documents stated. The bottle of alcohol she bought that night was also in the car and unopened. Detectives also found cat treats from Petsmart from that night.

Nguyen is of Vietnamese descent and about 5 foot, 3 inches tall and weighs about 105 pounds with black hair.

Anyone with information about Nguyen’s whereabouts or the whereabouts of her vehicle should call crime check at (509) 456-2233 or 911, reference No. 10170072.

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