Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Dawood Kullo

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Dawood Kullo, a 39-year-old of Pakistani descent who disappeared from Houston, Texas on March 27, 1995.

Kullo had an argument with his girlfriend and stomped out the day he disappeared. I normally consider give the significant other a serious side-eye in such cases, but Kullo was seen at a bar after the argument so who knows what happened to him. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of information.

About his name: the Arabic version of David is pronounced something like Dah-ood and it’s transliterated in a lot of different ways, such as Daud, Daoud, Da’ud, and…Dawood. Pakistanis speak Urdu, not Arabic, but both Pakistanis and Arabic speakers are all mostly Muslim, and what I’m trying to say here is that Kullo’s name is basically “David David Kullo.”

I wonder if “David” is actually a nickname/Anglicization rather than his legal middle name, especially as NamUs has his name given as “Dawood (David) Kullo.”

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Dean Tanaka

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Dean Toshio Tanaka, a 35-year-old man of Japanese descent who disappeared from Woodland Hills, California on September 13, 1996. Woodland Hills is in Los Angeles.

Tanaka had schizophrenia, but he must have been high-functioning because he had a good job, as a motorcycle mechanic.

Apparently his family believes he is dead, because he has a gravesite at Green Hills Memorial Park, a cemetery in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

MP of the week: Deandre Brown

This week’s featured missing person is Deandre Nativoni Brown, a 22-year-old who disappeared from Jasper, Alabama on July 29, 2005.

It doesn’t look good for him: witnesses heard shots fired, the police found Brown’s bloodstained clothing, and the vehicle he was driving was found abandoned and burned.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Daniel Dutton

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Daniel Murry Dutton, a biracial 28-year-old of Asian and Caucasian descent, who disappeared from Long Beach, Mississippi under unclear circumstances back in 2000.

Dutton lived with his parents and worked as a cab driver. He left a note at home saying he’d be gone for a few days, then apparently drove his cab to Lake City, Florida, which is over 400 miles away, around six hours on I-10. That’s where the cab was found, in the parking lot of a hotel where Dutton hadn’t checked in. Investigators think he actually stayed at a hotel in Gainesville, another hour down I-10.

Why he left, what he intended to do, and why his cab was found in Lake City and not Gainesville all appear to be mysteries.

Was he just taking off for a short vacation, and did something happen to him in Gainesville? Or was he planning on leaving for good? He was having serious financial issues. Did he have an episode of dissociative fugue, where a person develops amnesia and just wanders off? That doesn’t explain the note he left, though.

One detail that worries me is the fact that Dutton’s glasses were inside his abandoned cab. Speaking as a glasses-wearing person, the furthest I will go without them is down the street to the mailbox. I can’t even see well enough to use the computer without my glasses and I certainly can’t drive. And Dutton’s eyesight is noted as being very poor. Unless he had another pair of glasses — which is entirely possible, I have several pairs myself — I can’t see him voluntarily leaving without them.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Huong Nguyen

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Huong Nguyen, a 41-year-old man who disappeared from Hawthorne, California on December 5, 2014. Hawthorne is in Los Angeles County.

Huong isn’t listed on NamUs or any other missing persons databases save CDOJ’s and the Charley Project. Unfortunately I don’t know anything more about his disappearance than what’s listed in the CDOJ file: a vehicle description and a clothing description and nothing else.

It frustrates me what that happens. But I want to profile cases like this precisely because they get no attention and so little is known about them.

I note that Huong is very small for a grown man — 5’1 — but Vietnamese people are said to be the shortest on average in all of Southeast Asia.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Rakesh Gopi

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Rakesh Pal Gopi, an eighteen-year-old of Indian descent who disappeared from Pittsburg, California on December 4, 1991.

Rakesh was last seen in the 300 block of Cabrillo Place. Google Maps shows that is currently a cul-de-sac in a quiet residential neighborhood. Perhaps this young man was last seen at home.

Unfortunately I don’t know anything else about him, or his disappearance. Was he in college? High school? Was he born in the U.S. or was he an immigrant? What do the police think happened to him? I haven’t a clue.

If still alive, Rakesh would be 44 years old today.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: William Gu

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is William Gu, a 22-year-old City University of New York student who disappeared from Brooklyn on March 7, 2013. I’m not sure of his ancestry but Wikipedia says his surname is either Chinese or Korean.

William was supposed to meet a friend on Staten Island, but never showed up, and his car was found wrecked and abandoned in Somerset, New Jersey. His disappearance is especially worrying because William had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which causes “depression, paranoia, minor hallucinations and psychotic behaviors.”

William’s disappearance reminds me a lot of the disappearance of Sean Sidi, another young Asian man with a TBI who disappeared just two and a half months later, albeit on the opposite coast.