Dat Tat Tran
Tran, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 03/31/1997
Missing location (approx) :
San Diego, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 37 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 140 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Tran was a student at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) in 1997. He told his landlady he was going on vacation up north for spring break. He rented a car in San Diego and, on March 31, rented another car from the Budget car rental Age at the time of disappearance: ncy in Washington state.
Tran did not return this second vehicle to the rental Age at the time of disappearance: ncy and it was reported stolen. He has never been heard from again. On July 22, the car was found abandoned in a hotel parking lot in Washington. It had been there for three or four months.
The circumstances of Tran's disappearance are unclear. His family and friends haven't heard from him since 1997. San Diego police are investigating.
Other information and links : ncy
San Diego Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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