Diane Robbins missing 25 years yesterday

As this article has noted, thirteen-year-old Diane Nguyen Robbins disappeared from Kennewick, Washington twenty-five years ago on June 18. She went missing with an older friend, Molly Purdin, who was subsequently found raped and murdered. Several other girls and young women went missing from the same area at around the same time, but it’s not known whether the cases are related.

Although Diane is listed as white, she appears to be biracial — Vietnamese and white — and Nguyen is a Vietnamese name. I wonder if she was the offspring of a Vietnamese woman and an American soldier. She was born in 1971, right in the middle of the Vietnam War.

Unfortunately the aforementioned article doesn’t really tell anything new, but it’s nice that Diane is in the spotlight again, however briefly.

14 thoughts on “Diane Robbins missing 25 years yesterday

  1. grandma June 19, 2010 / 7:40 am

    Just a thought, I wonder if Gary Ridgeway was questioned about these missing girls.

    • Justin June 19, 2010 / 10:38 am

      I’m pretty sure law enforcement has questioned Gary Ridgeway about every missing woman who vanished in Washington State from the 1970’s to the 1990’s, especially if they were possibly prostitutes or runnaways.

      Not that I think he would admit to killing anyone outside the blanket deal he made with law enforcement to spare him the death penalty. Anyone he is found guilty of killing outside that deal means he could get sentenced to death, so he probably isn’t going to talk to LE anymore.

  2. grandma June 20, 2010 / 8:45 am

    He wouldn’t have to, I wondered because as of yet, to the best of my knowledge, there remains (listed within his blanket) an unidentified White Female 14–18 years of age. Her body was found January 2, 1986, Diane Robbins disappered June 18th 1985. She was 13. and her friend had been found raped and strangled. Just the thoughts of, a grandma with lots of time on her hands who would love nothing more than to find some of the answers for the families who live with the horror of a missing loved one. But I do agree that they probably questioned him on every missing persons case within a 500 mile radus. It was just 2 seperate facts that caught my eye. Thank you, grandma.

  3. Princess Shantae June 21, 2010 / 5:13 pm

    Well Diane really looks oriental and I bet if you found her bones and skull it would look like the bones of an oriental person and not a white person so if she was found already I don’t think they’d call her white. They had some good people working with the bones in that case so I bet they wouldn’t make that kind of mistake.

  4. Rose August 31, 2010 / 8:46 pm

    I met this missing girl’s brother, Dr. Stephen Robbins today. He told us of this horrible incident and stated his mother, the wife of a Vietnam Army soldier, commited suicide because of her suffering many years from a broken heart due to her missing daugter. Dr. Robbins is a motivational speaker from Michigan. Go listen to him if yo get a chance….

  5. Rose August 31, 2010 / 8:52 pm

    I met Diane’s brother today, he is Dr. Stephen Robbins a motivational speaker from Michigan. He stated his mother commited suicide over the loss of her daughter. Very sad ending for this Vietnam Army Soldier’s wife.

    • Meaghan August 31, 2010 / 11:04 pm

      That’s so sad. It just goes to show the far-reaching consequences of crime.

  6. Steve September 7, 2010 / 5:45 am

    Hi Everyone – this is my little sister. It hurts badly when I think about her and my mom who took her own life in 1991 largely because of the loss of my little sister. The work I do now tries to honor them and to teach people to care for “outsiders.” We were not treated well as immigrants when we arrived in the 1970s. But, I use the pain of life’s experiences to push me to greater heights. Stand tall for others.

    • Kristine December 8, 2010 / 12:19 am

      I was friends with Diane in 1984 and 1985 and I was shocked that I was never contacted about her disappearance. I have been researching cold case files for a college term paper and was shocked when I came across this case. In fact, my term paper is now centered around it. I tried calling her in the summer of 1985 but having no luck, I just assumed that she moved away and never said anything. Sorry, I don’t remember ever meeting you Steve and I couldn’t find you in any of our school year books. My deepest sympathies about your mother. Know that your sister was certainly never forgotten.

    • nitisha77 November 20, 2014 / 2:29 pm

      I was in the audience at your presentation today at PNC. Its one of the most phenomenal presentations I have ever experienced. Thank you for sharing your personal experience in such a public forum. That was very brave of you.

    • Darlene May 19, 2017 / 11:30 am

      Hi Steve, I just attended your presentation yesterday here at LLNL and what an amazing dynamic speaker you are. I thoroughly enjoyed ever minute of your talk. Thank you for coming to LLNL. However, I was deeply saddened to hear about the tragedies in your life; there are some things in life that are hard to understand but you withstood all those trials and you’ve become very successful. Continued success to you and be blessed for what you’re doing.

    • Tracy October 13, 2019 / 5:59 pm

      I was a friend of Dianna at Desert Hills middle school. I always wondered why she wasn’t with us after 8th grade …now I know. I still have my year book with her in it. She was adorable and VERY kind!

  7. Kristine December 8, 2010 / 12:21 am

    I was friends with Diane in 1984 and 1985 and I was shocked that I was never contacted about her disappearance. I have been researching cold case files for a college term paper and was shocked when I came across this case. In fact, my term paper is now centered on it. I tried calling her in the summer of 1985 but having no luck, I just assumed that she moved away and never said anything. Sorry, I don’t remember ever meeting you Steve and I couldn’t find you in any of our school yearbooks. My deepest sympathies about your mother. Know that your sister was certainly never forgotten.

  8. nitisha77 November 20, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Diane Robbins is the sister of a phenomenally good Diversity consultant, Steve Robbins. She is (was) of Vietnamese and American descent. Such a sad case. I heard her brother speak today. Such an eloquent man and still so full of sorrow for his sister. His mother too died, never having recovered from Diane’s dissapearance.

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