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.

Disappeared: William Gu, missing one year.

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About a year and a half ago, on March 7, 2013,  a 22-year-old man named William Gu, a student at CUNY and a resident of Brooklyn, was expected to meet a friend at Rutger’s University in New Jersey, or possibly Staten Island in New York. Wherever it was supposed to be, never made it to this meeting. Whatever happened to William is completely unknown, as are the exact boundaries of the geographical area from which he vanished. He frequently drove between his apartment in Brooklyn and the residence of his girlfriend in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. From the reports I was able to find on this case, it’s unclear where he was last seen.

What is known is that at 7:30 PM on the same day Gu’s car, a silver 1998 Lexus, was found crashed into the sign in front of the Somerset Diner in Somerset, NJ, not far from Rutgers…

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