Found a bit more about Diane Robbins

Thanks to a Charley Project blog commenter I found out a little bit more about Diane Nguyen Robbins. I had wondered if she was the offspring of an American soldier and a Vietnamese woman he met in the war, and it turned out I was correct. It’s a very sad story: Diane’s mother already had one child when she moved to the US, married an American serviceman and had Diane.

Then, when Diane was twelve, she said her father was sexually abusing her. He was sent to jail and Diane’s mother left him, but the emotional toll remained and Diane vanished only a year or so later. (She may have been a Green River victim, no one knows.) Her mother committed suicide in 1991 — no doubt the grief over her daughter’s disappearance was a big factor in that, though it does sound like she had an unhappy life generally. But Diane’s half-brother is still alive and hopes she may be found. She also has family in Vietnam.

I think this story goes to show the far-reaching consequences of crime. If Diane’s father hadn’t molested her, perhaps she would not have left home and disappeared in 1985. If she hadn’t disappeared, it’s likely that her mother would be alive today. Fortunately her brother seems to have conquered his demons and is now a motivational speaker, married with kids, and involved in trying to promote racial harmony.

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.