The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, December 25, 2018 1:00 am

Family, friends search for answers about missing man

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Kevin Nguyen, the 25-year-old local man who has been missing since Dec. 8, has become the subject of search parties and much anguish as his disappearance stretches from days to weeks.

He was last seen leaving the Brass Rail, 1121 Broadway, according to Alena Rasnick, a friend of Kevin's parents, Lance and Sandy Yankey.

The family has not seen the Brass Rail's surveillance video now in police hands,  Rasnick said. They have seen surveillance video from the downtown Arby's on Jefferson Boulevard showing Nguyen walking through the restaurant's parking lot at 2:45 a.m. shortly after he called his sister to pick him up, Resnick added. 

In that video, he is seen stumbling and has what appears to be a black eye, Rasnick and others have said in Facebook posts.

Lance Yankey and others searched the bar's parking lot for clues and found Nguyen's broken glasses Thursday.

“One of the lenses had popped out and was under some leafy debris,” Rasnick said. Yankey called the police, who retrieved the glasses for evidence, she added.

“At this point in time, police are not suspecting foul play. There has not been one person to come forward with information, so we cannot speculate any foul play,” Rasnick said.

However, she added, “Kevin has never gone out for an evening and not come home. He wouldn't have called for a ride had he not wanted to come home.”

A search party organized by Rasnick with the help of Theresa Garcia Juillerat of #JAVA combed the area for clues Sunday. About 125 people turned up to scour the Lakeside Park area. The area was chosen because Nguyen might have passed through if he were walking to his home near State and Coliseum boulevards.

Nguyen's phone was “pinged” by police, indicating the 530 block of Jefferson Boulevard close to the Brass Rail and Arby's, and has not been used since, Rasnick reported. The phone has not been found. 

“If Kevin does not come home, we are expanding our search,” Rasnick said. She was unable to say where future searches might be focused.

The Fort Wayne Police Department issued a bulletin for information Dec. 18

Anyone with information on the disappearance of Nguyen should call Crime Stoppers at 260-436-7867. Anyone who would prefer to give information privately can contact Rasnick through Facebook or Juillerat through #JAVA on Facebook.

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