Without a trace

Visitor to Biloxi vanished

By MARGARET BAKER – mbbaker@sunherald.com

BILOXI

My-Dung Thi Tran was looking forward to a trip to Vietnam to visit relatives the same year she disappeared without a trace.

The 52-year-old mother of four vanished shortly after arriving by bus in South Mississippi to play baccarat at a Biloxi casino. She’d planned to stay here a couple of weeks, then return home to Pensacola.

On Oct. 3, 2008, Tran called one of her children on her cell phone. She said she’d been gambling at Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and was about to catch a taxi to the IP Casino Resort & Spa.

Biloxi police detective Christopher De Back said investigators tracked Tran’s cell-phone use. The last call she made was around 3 a.m. Oct. 4, 2008. He said investigators were unable to track Tran through video-surveillance footage at area casinos because the family had waited to see if she’d return home before calling police a couple weeks later.

“It wasn’t unheard-of for her to come to the casinos for a week or two,” De Back said. “The night of Oct. 3, 2008, is the last time the family heard from her. She later made a call to a friend and then it’s like she fell off the face of the earth. Because she didn’t use credit cards there was no way for us to try and track her, other than through her cell phone.”

Biloxi police called on gaming officials in Louisiana, another area Tran reportedly liked to visit. Police sent information on Tran to see if there had been activity on any of her casino player’s cards throughout the area or in other states; there hadn’t.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/04/10/2089753/without-a-trace.html#ixzz0kt7rwYfM

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