The Journal Gazette
Sunday, July 11, 2021 1:00 am

Grandmother runs sale to find missing grandson

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

Since her grandson disappeared after a night at the Brass Rail nearly three years ago, Dee Campbell has never given up keeping his name out there.

Campbell continued her quest Saturday to find 25-year-old Kevin Nguyen, last seen in surveillance video outside the downtown Arby's at 2:46 a.m. Dec. 8, 2018. 

Campbell held a parking lot garage sale at East Rudisill and South Anthony boulevards to raise reward money. Besides selling blue T-shirts with “Where's Kevin?” on them, she handed out leaflets with Nguyen's photos and information. 

“I believe somebody knows,” Campbell said Saturday. “Kevin was last seen at 2:46 a.m. when he got out of the view from Arby's. From there, he just evaporated.” 

Another reminder that Nguyen is still missing went up about three weeks ago. A billboard with Nguyen's photo sits at Taylor Street and Broadway. “I'm Still Missing,” it reads. “Help Bring Kevin Nguyen Home.”

A $5,000 reward is offered. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Scott Tegtmeyer at 260-452-8698. 

The sale was supported by Justice Accountability Victim Advocacy, or JAVA, a grassroots activist group formed about three years ago to help families whose loved ones are victims of gun violence or other crimes. 

No one knows if a crime was committed when Nguyen disappeared. Nguyen had called his sister, asking for a ride home. When the family arrived at the Brass Rail, they couldn't find him. 

Shortly after Dec. 18 when Nguyen disappeared, his father, Lance Yankey, combed through debris in the parking lot of the Brass Rail at 1121 Broadway. Yankey found Nguyen's broken glasses and the family has asserted that Nguyen was roughed up outside the bar. Police have the bar video, but no details have emerged. 

Nguyen always came home after an evening out, the family said. In the video outside Arby's, Nguyen appears disoriented, stumbling and has a black eye. 

Search parties were formed, but nothing was found, nor has anyone come forward with information leading to his discovery. 

The sale Saturday brought in nearly $1,000. An October event at The Charles raised $1,350 and $1,165 has been raised through Campbell's Cash App, “$DeeCampbell2018.” 

Still short about $1,500 of the $5,000 reward, Campbell is not about to give up and depends on friends like the ones she's made in JAVA to reach her goal. 

LaToya Riddle of Fort Wayne went to the Dollar General store at the intersection to buy a mop, she said, and picked up a lot more than that at the sale. She brought a smoker, an ice cream maker, a heater, and exercise equipment. 

“I got my baby a whole lot of toys,” Riddle said. She wasn't aware of the missing man until Campbell told her.

“I love to come support stuff like this all the time,” Riddle said. “Every time I see it.”

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