Tuan Lac Phan Died in September But Coroner Needs Your Help Finding His Next of Kin

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The county coroner is reaching out to the public to help find family members of Tuan Lac Phan.

The 49-year-old transient died at Garden Grove Hospital on Sept. 24.

A one-time resident of Texas known to frequent Garden Grove, Fountain Valley and Westminster, Phan had a disability and used a walker to move around.

He was Amerasian, 5-foot-5, 115 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.

Anyone with information about him or his family is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff's Department Coroner's Division at 714.647.7410 and reference case number 13-03833-RE.

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If you are interested, here is an great Smithsonian article on Amerasians, and how difficult adjusting to life in the US could have been: 

"no more than 3 percent found their fathers in their adoptive homeland. Good jobs were scarce. Some Amerasians were vulnerable to drugs, became gang members and ended up in jail. As many as half remained illiterate or semi-illiterate in both Vietnamese and English and never became U.S. citizens. The mainstream Vietnamese-American population looked down on them, assuming that their mothers were prostitutes—which was sometimes the case, though many of the children were products of longer-term, loving relationships, including marriages."

Sad stuff, if this is what Mr. Phan went through.

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/people-places/Children-of-the-Dust.html#ixzz2joY9nreH 


I read this story at home yesterday evening...it was a wise decision because I did weep for this man. Very sad. :-(

Eddie Miguel Quinonez
Eddie Miguel Quinonez

im sure if u posted that theres a huge inheretance involved, then the next of kin will come foward in the abundances!

JBinOC topcommenter

Based on the photo, his next of kin might be Mike Brady of the Brady Bunch.  


@Eddie Miguel Quinonez  

Too true! It's disgusting how the relatives who didn't give a damn about the deceased when they were alive suddenly come sniffing around like a pack of hungry hyenas when they learn there might be an inheritance...:-(

JBinOC topcommenter

I even think he's mimicking the tic-tac-toe board intro over the theme song, looking down at Cindy 

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