Body found near Berryessa may be miss...

Body found near Berryessa may be missing nursing student

There are 16 comments on the The Reporter story from May 8, 2010, titled Body found near Berryessa may be missing nursing student. In it, The Reporter reports that:

The body of a woman matching the description of a missing Suisun City nursing has been found in Napa County near Lake Berryessa.

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Rhea James

Suisun City, CA

#1 May 8, 2010
Police: Missing woman's former employer not a suspect
By Sarah de Crescenzo
May 3rd, 2010

Daily Republic

SUISUN CITY — Fairfield police have confirmed serving search warrants to the home and business of Thuc Nguyen, a former employer of a missing Vietnamese woman from Suisun City.

Lt. Darrin Moody of the Fairfield police investigations unit said Nguyen is neither a suspect nor a person of interest in the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Bichphuong “Phuong” Le, 25, who recently earned her nursing degree.

Le disappeared the night of April 25 after visiting the Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Gateway shopping center in Fairfield. Since then, numerous law enforcement agencies, family and friends have been searching for any hint as to her whereabouts.

Police met with the Le family Monday morning for about half an hour, but Phuong Le's 28-year-old brother Huong Le said he expected additional information on the progress in the search for his sister -- not questions about her love life.

“Most of what we talked about was her and Thuc,” he said.“Besides that, there was nothing new.”

Nguyen on Sunday said he is cooperating with police. Today he would not discuss the nature of his relationship with Le.

“The relationship between me and Phuong is totally different than what people are saying,” Nguyen said Monday night.

He would not elaborate further.

Police have searched Nguyen's Postal Express in Suisun City, where both Huong Le and Phuong Le once worked, and Nguyen's home.

According to Huong Le, Nguyen has been a friend of the family since the mid-1990s. Huong Le said his sister never discussed Nguyen in a romantic context -- or anyone else.

“We don't talk much about our personal lives at home,” he said Monday, after police questioned the family about Phuong Le's relationship with Nguyen.

Fairfield police confirmed the Phuong Le and Nguyen had a relationship beyond the typical employer-employee connection, as evidenced by e-mail and phone contact between the two. They would not discuss the nature of the relationship.

Phuong Le was employed by Nguyen for about a year while she waited to hear from the nursing programs to which she had applied. Once accepted to the nursing program at Solano Community College about two years ago, she stopped working there, Huong Le said.

- Why would TheReporter feel the need to throw in at the end of this article that Phuong was romantically linked to a former employer? Not very factual and objective reporting on theReporter's staff end.

- Praying for you Phuong! I will always remember your smiling face when you would come into my library (I work there and went to high school with Phuong).

-Women, young and old... please please be extra wary of your surroundings! Especially at night, during those shopping trips at the mall, target, outlets, groceries, gas station etc. Always have your keys ready, dont talk on your cell phone, head straight to your car. Try not to go anywhere alone past dark, and let someone know where you're going.

-The only reason why I would be somewhat relieved that Phuong's murderer was someone that knew her (although it is pure speculation right now) is because that would mean motive. It can only be the TINIEST bit of relief because even though the murderer is indeed a crazy crazy person, at the very least it might mean it wasn't random, and therefore that crazy person is not on the lose preying for more random victims. And again this is just my theory based on the 'what if' scenario.
Violet Blue

United States

#2 May 8, 2010
Women should not go out alone at night to public places, especially if a pattern of habit develops. She commonly spent time alone in Barnes and Nobles Bookstore, and sat reading. Yes, it could just as well have been the public library, but going alone is not wise. Poor darling girl... a heartbreaking story!
I LOVE TEA

Fairfield, CA

#4 May 8, 2010
Violet Blue wrote:
Women should not go out alone at night to public places, especially if a pattern of habit develops. She commonly spent time alone in Barnes and Nobles Bookstore, and sat reading. Yes, it could just as well have been the public library, but going alone is not wise. Poor darling girl... a heartbreaking story!
Violet: Are you a Damaged Unit? Women should not go out? What a crock of crap.
She should have stayed inside, worn a burqa? Only went out with male relatives who had to pre-approve her plans to go anywhere? WTF?

Women should be able to go anywhere at any time with or without anyone!!!!

We need to teach society that the War on Women will not be tolerated. We do not need to blame women victims for the criminal acts of others.
Big Daddy

United States

#5 May 8, 2010
I LOVE TEA wrote:
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Violet: Are you a Damaged Unit? Women should not go out? What a crock of crap.
She should have stayed inside, worn a burqa? Only went out with male relatives who had to pre-approve her plans to go anywhere?****?
Women should be able to go anywhere at any time with or without anyone!!!!
We need to teach society that the War on Women will not be tolerated. We do not need to blame women victims for the criminal acts of others.
I agree with Violet that it's risky for women to go out alone at night to most public places. It's better to have a friend or relative along. How many news stories have we read where women are robbed and/or assaulted, even in parking lots at night? Even the mall's parking lot in Fairfield has a bad reputation. Yes, women SHOULD be able to go anywhere anytime without anyone, but would you do that in some of the bad neighborhoods of big cities? Not wise. Nobody's blaming the victim here, as I see it.
Tales in print

United States

#6 May 8, 2010
Violet Blue wrote:
Women should not go out alone at night to public places, especially if a pattern of habit develops. She commonly spent time alone in Barnes and Nobles Bookstore, and sat reading. Yes, it could just as well have been the public library, but going alone is not wise. Poor darling girl... a heartbreaking story!
Your mention of the public library reminds me that some libraries have security guards to protect patrons from crime. People sit at the computers, get up and go to get a drink of water... leave their backpack or purse at the computer, and some guy will grab the purse and run, EXCEPT if the guard is watching and walks over and stands there. That's why libraries have guards. Safer than a bookstore, if the guard is on duty in the library.
Linda

Tracy, CA

#7 May 9, 2010
This is so sad and horrible, no matter who is identified as the deceased. How many other families are wondering if this is their daughter? And on Mother's Day, at that...
funny guy

Vacaville, CA

#8 May 9, 2010
I LOVE TEA wrote:
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Violet: Are you a Damaged Unit? Women should not go out? What a crock of crap.
She should have stayed inside, worn a burqa? Only went out with male relatives who had to pre-approve her plans to go anywhere?****?
Women should be able to go anywhere at any time with or without anyone!!!!
We need to teach society that the War on Women will not be tolerated. We do not need to blame women victims for the criminal acts of others.
"Women should be able to go anywhere at any time with or without anyone!!!!"

Tea: The point is NOT that women should stay inside, but rather that anyone -- male or female -- is safer when accompanied by others. There is always safety in numbers; the larger the group the safer you are. Even low-life gang members know this to be true.

Children should be taught from an early age to use the "buddy system" and let others know where you are going and then when you get to your destination let others know you are safe. This method has proven effective time and time again. Criminals select their victims because they look to be either weak or vulnerable.

But if you want to gamble with your life and feel you are invincible go right ahead, go out alone, especially at night. Let's see how long before you get accosted. You might very well be the next victim we read about in the news. Only a "damaged unit" would think going out alone is safe.

Since: Feb 08

United States

#9 May 9, 2010
I LOVE TEA wrote:
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Violet: Are you a Damaged Unit? Women should not go out? What a crock of crap.
She should have stayed inside, worn a burqa? Only went out with male relatives who had to pre-approve her plans to go anywhere?****?
Women should be able to go anywhere at any time with or without anyone!!!!
We need to teach society that the War on Women will not be tolerated. We do not need to blame women victims for the criminal acts of others.
What a STUPID statement to make. That was not what she said. You must not be living in the real world. The reality is that there are evil people around that prey on defenseless people. The reality is that women should arm themselves and train how to protect themselves at all times. I would rather carry a concealed weapon illegally, "stupid idiotic laws", than become a statistic on the coroners table.
Bob

San Jose, CA

#10 May 9, 2010
If any of my female family members were prone to going out at night I would be sure that they were properly traind and armed. Mace is a good start and a concealed taser gun is both legal and effective. Of course the best thing would be a nice little fully loaded .38.
Sky Fest

Clarksburg, CA

#11 May 9, 2010
I LOVE TEA wrote:
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Violet: Are you a Damaged Unit? Women should not go out? What a crock of crap.
She should have stayed inside, worn a burqa? Only went out with male relatives who had to pre-approve her plans to go anywhere?****?
Women should be able to go anywhere at any time with or without anyone!!!!
We need to teach society that the War on Women will not be tolerated. We do not need to blame women victims for the criminal acts of others.
Hey, come to San Francisco and walk around alone and this is what you will find:

Tenderloin (enormous amount of violent addicts and violent/frightening homeless, drug dealing, prostitution, drive-bys) Union Square (Use great caution, career criminals prey on tourist dollars), Hunters Point, SOMA (mostly ok by day but at night the scene of drug deals gone wrong, drive by shootings and people being victimized inside of and outside of clubs), Haight Ashbury, the beginning of Golden Gate park, Portrero Hill, Bayview, Excelsior, Mission -(Gang territory, drug dealing, drive-bys), Western Addition (drive bys, drugs)Most of Market Street downtown and any BART station in the east bay or downtown SF.

Seriously. Don't walk alone, and try to walk with a man if possible. Don't befriend people on the street, no matter how "helpful" they may seem. Look at a map before you leave and take one with you - don't let people see that you are consulting a map. If you are hurt or threatened or scared, good luck in finding a policeman. You probably won't get any help from anyone.

NOTE: I found this information by googling :San Francisco dangerous streets. There was a LOT MORE!
Akbar Rajirfught

Vacaville, CA

#12 May 9, 2010
If this girl in kitchen also bedroom serving brothers and father as according to word she'd still living.
Just J

Clarksburg, CA

#13 May 9, 2010
Saw a TV news segment last night where a man who had often observed this girl at Borders Book Store was interviewed. He told about how he saw her sitting in her favorite spot in the store, like she always did, reading, and then he looked again at 8:30 and she was GONE!

There now, it's obvious that this young woman regularly came in alone and was observed by others, which can be a way to be noticed by a predator who hangs out in public places.
Linda

Tracy, CA

#14 May 9, 2010
Bob wrote:
Of course the best thing would be a nice little fully loaded .38.
I like your style...women would do well to learn how to handle a gun, a REAL gun, not a hot pink pea-shooter that fits in her purse!(I can't stand those pink tool boxes and crap like that. I LOVE pink, but guns and tools should NOT be pink--ever!)

Here's a great place to get started < www.mantecasportsmen.org >. They have classes for everyone, excellent instructors and range masters, lots of special events, etc.

Let's go, girls!

Since: Feb 08

United States

#15 May 11, 2010
Akbar Rajirfught wrote:
If this girl in kitchen also bedroom serving brothers and father as according to word she'd still living.
Go back to your middle ages country with your dirt floors and no running water. Idiotic peasant.
Solitary Confinement

Oakland, CA

#16 May 11, 2010
A male store clerk at the Dollar Tree in the Golden Hills Plaza is missing. Will his body be found in some deserted field? It's a miracle that the murdered Suisun girl's body was found so soon. I bet the murderer(s) is squirming with worry.
CSI

Vacaville, CA

#17 May 11, 2010
Solitary Confinement wrote:
A male store clerk at the Dollar Tree in the Golden Hills Plaza is missing. Will his body be found in some deserted field? It's a miracle that the murdered Suisun girl's body was found so soon. I bet the murderer(s) is squirming with worry.
I AM Pissed no one is talking about him!!! what i they are linked and there is a serial killer out here. Both location are right off the freeway and both happend around similar times

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