Chau, approximately 2005
Date reported missing : 12/24/2005
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 19 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 140 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A red sweatshirt, blue jeans, and possibly a black coat and a beanie hat.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Chau is of Vietnamese descent. His nickname is Phat and he has a scar on his chin.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Chau was last seen in Portland, Maine on December 24, 2005. He was visiting his family for the Christmas holidays at the time. He was last seen on the couch at his family's residence shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Christmas Eve. Later that morning, his loved ones discovered he was missing. He left behind his wallet, car and car keys.
Chau had been an honors student at Portland High School, and after graduating he enrolled in the University of Maine at Orono on a partial scholarship. He majored in business.
He had not registered for spring semester classes, however. He was also having financial problems due to internet gambling, and his family asked him to come home to be closer to them.
Chau's loved ones stated he did not often discuss his personal problems with them, but it is uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning; they fear for his safety.
Other information and links : ncy
Portland Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Portland Press-Herald
Siphat Chau's MySpace pageheader
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