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    Hang Lee (17) - St. Paul MN, 1993

    Missing Since: January 12, 1993 from St. Paul, Minnesota
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: October 9, 1975
    Age: 17 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'0, 90 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian (Laotian) female. Black hair, brown eyes. Hang speaks English and Hmong.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A lightweight black jacket, a black t-shirt, black jeans or slacks, and tennis shoes.

    Details of Disappearance

    Hang was last seen leaving her family's residence in St. Paul, Minnesota on January 12, 1993. She left home with a female friend, Kia "Nikki" Lee, who is not related to Hang. Kia returned home shortly alone afterwards. Hang's parents, who are refugees from Laos and did not speak English at the time, reported her as a missing person to authorities. She left behind all her clothing, her college savings, a $100 paycheck and her purse, which contained a knife and a lead ball for personal protection. Just prior to leaving her home, she told her brother that if she did come back, he should search for her because she did not trust Kia.

    Kia initially told authorities Hang had left with some unidentified young men. She later changed her story and said Hang had gone to a job interview with Kia's own employer, a 30-year-old local businessman. She said she had lied earlier because she believe Hang had run away and wanted to protect her, and also because her boss had told her not to tell anyone about her business.

    The man owned a painting and decorating business and Hang hoped to get a better-paying job than the one she had. Kia said she and Hang had gone to meet him together and he dropped Kia off at a gas station on the east side of St. Paul and drove away with Hang. This man is the prime suspect in Hang's disappearance; he has been convicted of two particularly violent rapes and was a suspect in other sex crimes. He has been uncooperative with the investigation and has hired a lawyer. The suspect has never been charged in connection with Lee's disappearance and he has since moved away from St. Paul.

    Hang is described as a sweet, naive teenager. She wanted to become a writer and enjoyed reading at the time of her disappearance, and had a part-time job as a server in a local restaurant. She was a senior at Highland Park High School and planned to attend the University of Minnesota after graduating. Hang's case remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    St. Paul Police Department


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