Last September, a decomposed body was found in a shed at a Buddhist worship house in Midway City. The unincorporated area, right in the middle of Little Saigon, is under direct county jurisdiction.
It’s been almost 5 months now.
And the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner still has no idea who the dead person is.
The body was discovered at the Tu Quang temple (“Tịnh xá Từ Quang“) around 3pm September 23. At that time, authorities believed the remains were that of a 41-year-old nun who hadn’t been seen since May.
The nun’s religious name is Ni co Lien Thi, and her real name is Ho Thi Kim Cuc. She’s pictured above. Lien Thi is in the country on a religion visa. During her disappearance, her green card arrived at the temple.
Meanwhile, her 77-year-old mother, hearing of the news from others who read about it on the web, came from Vietnam to claim the body.
That’s when she ran into problems because the Sheriff’s Department hasn’t figured out who the dead person is yet.
Nguoi Viet Daily News has a story here where its reporter Ha Giang called the Sheriff Department and was given the runaround by a detective who wouldn’t even give his first name. We don’t know who the dead person is, he said. And we don’t know when it is we’ll know, either.
So, the mother has been here since November, and her visa/I-94 will expire soon. She may end up having to go home without knowing what happened to her daughter. Is she dead? Or is she missing? Maybe someone knows, just not the OC Sheriff-Coroner’s office.
Next time you need to dump a dead body somewhere and don’t want law enforcement to do any investigation, make sure it’s on county land.
Especially if the body is Vietnamese.