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    CA - Van and Chantra (deceased) Chanpenxi, 64 & 51, Hogback Island, 28 Nov 2013

    Son seeks help finding parents missing since Thanksgiving fishing trip

    Mystery surrounds the disappearance of a California couple who vanished while out on their boat on Thanksgiving.

    Van and Chantra Chanpenxi were last seen launching their fishing vessel from the Hogback Island access point onto the Sacramento River Delta on Thursday afternoon.

    Hours later, however, the boat was found running in circles on the water — with no sign of the couple whatsoever.

    Their son Jim is now speaking out in the desperate hope someone holds the clue to his parents' whereabouts.....

    Family members said they were set to meet with cops on Monday evening — and will expand their search outside of the delta area.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...#ixzz2mWvTb2rv
    Last edited by summer_breeze; 02-01-2014 at 09:21 AM.


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    Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
    Van, 64, and Chantra Chanpenxi, 51, were last seen launching their fishing boat on Thanksgiving Day.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    Family Searching Delta After Couple’s Boat Found Abandoned On Thanksgiving
    December 1, 2013 11:45 PM


    The couple went out on the Delta on their fishing boat Thanksgiving afternoon, but hours later their boat was discovered empty.

    “The boat was running, going in circles is what the Coast Guard said,” said Vue.

    The Coast Guard and deputies searched the area but the only evidence they’ve found is the couple’s truck, which still sits in the parking lot.......

    According to the family, Van mentioned he was going to meet a friend that day. But they don’t know who that friend was and haven’t been able to locate anyone who knows anything about that meeting.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    By now they should know via phone records who he had spoken to. I guess it could have been someone he spoke to in person. So odd.

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    http://www.news10.net/news/article/2...cramento-River

    .......Chanpensai was one of the last people to speak to his parents, who disappeared Thursday sometime after they parked their truck and launched their fishing boat from Hogback Island.

    "I talked to my mom around 12:30, noon time," Jim said.

    His mother answered his father's phone and explained that he was busy dealing with his fishing gear.

    "Since my dad was busy, she told me to call him back maybe at night time after they're done fishing," Chanpensai said.

    But a few hours after that phone call, the couple's empty boat was spotted.

    "The Coast Guard found his boat was just spinning around the river," the couple's nephew, Joe Chanphenxi said.

    Chanphenxi explained his uncle was a stickler for safety and always insisted that everyone wear life jackets........


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    The mention of the meeting with a mysterious friend makes me think of foul play, but you'd have to be some kind of gymnast to jump into a boat, murder two people, throw them overboard, leave the boat going round in circles and jump back into your own boat and get away. I can't see anyone being able to lean over from another boat and start the motor after, either.

    This sounds like a terrible accident - maybe his line got caught on something and he went overboard, and she didn't stop the engine first before trying to help him and went over too. Once they were both in the water, the boat went over them. That would have been enough to rip the life jackets - not that either of them could have got back in the boat anyway, even if they'd lived, with the thing going in circles.

    However, the mention of the 'friend' does play on my mind a little, because with another boat with two men in it, not one, it just might have been possible to stage foul play as an accident, with the boat still running. I haven't seen any mention of what was found in the boat - fishing gear, clothing, life jackets, phones?

    If there turns out to be big business or money issues/disputes in Van and Chantra's lives, I would rethink the possibility of an accident though.
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    Actually, it is funny that they told a family member they were going to meet 'a friend' but didn't name that friend. Usually, family who are in regular contact know each other's friends and would say 'We're meeting John/Fred/Harry etc'. If I was chatting with a family member and they mentioned a nameless friend, I'd automatically ask, 'Who's that then?' to see if I knew them. But maybe that's because I'm perpetually curious - nosey, if you want to put it like that.
    We 'embraced' the missing Bob Harrod case as requested but 6 years on, are still waiting for further guidance


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    Pulling some info for reference:



    http://www.regionalparks.saccounty.n...ackIsland.aspx

    "The expansive parking lot and grassy picnic area slopes down to a handsome lagoon with a dock and two-lane boat launch. "


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    http://www.arpf.org/passport.shtml

    "Sacramento County Parks Pass

    The Sacramento County Parks Pass allows entry for a Annual Parks into all parks of the Sacramento County Park system.
    Click here to other locations where you may purchase your annual parks pass.
    Click here for a map of the locations to purchase park passes.
    Pass is valid at the following locations:
    <snipped by me>
    2. Sacramento River Delta. Cliffhouse, Hogback Island and Sherman Island.
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    Thanks for the additional comments and information on the park!

    Does anybody know how deep the water is in the area where the boat was found. Is there some reason the authorities have not had divers in to look for them, or did they? It wasn't clear to me.

    The missing couple is noted on the sheriff's FB page, on R, scroll down:
    https://www.facebook.com/SacSheriff

    Another article: (Has video and interview with the son; the sheriff did use cadaver dogs)

    Deputy Sheriff Marc Warren of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department told KCRA 3 investigators have not seen any signs of foul play and believe the couple likely drowned.

    “The water temperature is 54 degrees. And it’s very difficult for people to survive in a water temperature that cold,” Warren said.

    Family members told KCRA 3 that Van knew how to swim, but Chantra did not.

    The Sheriff's Department said the vehicle and trailer that belonged to the couple was being processed at a marina in the area.

    Crime scene investigators also went to the couple's home in Sacramento to search for any clues that may provide information in this case.


    Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/...#ixzz2moI6rBsh


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reader View Post
    Thanks for the additional comments and information on the park!

    Does anybody know how deep the water is in the area where the boat was found. Is there some reason the authorities have not had divers in to look for them, or did they? It wasn't clear to me.

    The missing couple is noted on the sheriff's FB page, on R, scroll down:
    https://www.facebook.com/SacSheriff

    Another article: (Has video and interview with the son; the sheriff did use cadaver dogs)

    Deputy Sheriff Marc Warren of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department told KCRA 3 investigators have not seen any signs of foul play and believe the couple likely drowned.

    “The water temperature is 54 degrees. And it’s very difficult for people to survive in a water temperature that cold,” Warren said.

    Family members told KCRA 3 that Van knew how to swim, but Chantra did not.

    The Sheriff's Department said the vehicle and trailer that belonged to the couple was being processed at a marina in the area.

    Crime scene investigators also went to the couple's home in Sacramento to search for any clues that may provide information in this case.


    Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/local-news/...#ixzz2moI6rBsh
    I'm wondering the same things.

    Texas Equusearch could be really helpful here, imo.
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    Any news?
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    I just did a search and nothing new, except it seems there is additional video on this link:

    http://www.news10.net/news/article/2...cramento-River

    The family was allowed to search the truck for any info to help. Apparently the cadaver dogs were used to find any scent to show where to search. Being called a recovery effort now.

    Some comments from people that knew them saying how well liked they are.


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    I wonder what happened exactly.
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    How sad for the son.....He was calling his dad.
    Sleuthing....from the perch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by margarita25 View Post
    I wonder what happened exactly.
    I want to know this also and will continue following up. Just checked today and nothing new.


    Quote Originally Posted by shefner View Post
    How sad for the son.....He was calling his dad.
    I feel so sorry for him, he is desperate to find them.


    "The further we (as the human race) grow away from the natural world, the quieter the natural world becomes and the more pathological we become as a culture."........Bernie Krause

    The citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for having given to mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy—a policy worthy of imitation......which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.......George Washington

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