Human remains found in vehicle submerged in Ohio River for nearly 20 years

Photo courtesy: Sgt. Stephen Wheeles-Indiana State Police

Human remains were found in a vehicle connected to a missing person case after that vehicle was recovered from the Ohio River on October 14.

On Tuesday, anthropologists with the University of Indianapolis and Indiana State Police investigators examined the 1997 Nissan Pathfinder that was pulled out of the river near Lesko Park in Aurora, Indiana.

Anthropologists believe a bone found in the vehicle is a human bone.

The bone will be sent to a lab for testing to determine the origin.

The Pathfinder was confirmed to have belonged to 26-year-old Stephanie Van Nguyen, who went missing in April 2002 along with her two children, 4-year-old Kristina and 3-year-old John.

At the time, investigators with the Delhi Township Police Department in Ohio got information that Nguyen had left a note prior to her disappearance that said she would drive her vehicle into the Ohio River.

This investigation is ongoing.

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