Real Name: Kimberly Karen Gaultier
Case: Lost Daughter
Location: Alexandria, Louisiana
Date: July 1974
Details: South Vietnamese pilot Xuan Van Nguyen is searching for his daughter, Kimberly Karen, whom he has not seen in twenty years. In May 1968, he arrived at England Air Force Base in Alexandria, Louisiana, for jet pilot training. He was scheduled to remain in the United States for seven months. He soon met the Gaultier family and they became close to him. They had a son in Vietnam, so they felt that his situation was similar to Xuan's. He began dating their daughter, Gwen, who was his age.
In December 1968, Xuan completed his final day of training and was set to return to Vietnam. Gwen wanted him to stay with her, but he had no choice. Within weeks, he was flying combat missions in Vietnam. He often received letters from Gwen, and one brought him surprising news: she was pregnant with his child. He was overjoyed to learn that he was going to be a father. On August 28, 1969, their daughter, Kimberly Karen, was born.
Years passed, but Xuan was unable to visit Kimberly until June 1974, when he was sent back to England Air Force Base. Gwen's parents were now divorced and her mother was living in a mobile home. She was overjoyed to see him, but she also told him that Gwen had married and moved to Houston. She was able to arrange a meeting with him and Kimberly, who stayed there for several weeks. He spent all of his free time with her. However, in July, Gwen returned and took her back. The next day, Xuan returned to Vietnam.
Within the year, Saigon fell to the communist government and Xuan was incarcerated in a re-education camp. In 1984, he was released. Two years later, he married and eventually had two children. In 1993, he and his family immigrated to the United States. They now want to be reunited with Kimberly.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the February 9, 1994 episode.
Results: Solved. On the night of the broadcast, several of Kimberly's friends and family called the telecenter and said that she had been living in Pineville, Louisiana. Over the years, she had searched for Xuan but was unable to locate him. Finally, after twenty years, they were put in contact with each other. A few days later, they were reunited. They celebrated the reunion with more than twenty of her relatives, including Gwen.