The Disappearance of Tu Thi-Cam Tran

By Naptime Nancy

Twenty four year old Tu Thi-Cam Tran was an Information Systems Management student at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She was living in nearby Leham, MD, with her brother and his family while she attended school. There are two different disappearance dates noted for Tran in the media. One is Monday evening, November 26th, 1990. The other is Wednesday, November 28th, 1990. Tu Thi-Cam Tran’s class at the Fine Arts Building of UMBC wrapped up around 6:45PM. From there, Tran walked to the nearby University Center and stayed awhile, talking to at least one person. She then reportedly left the building around 8:30PM toward her car, but was never seen again. Tu Thi-Cam Tran’s brother reported her missing when she failed to return home.

UMBC Police Department conducted a large search of the entire campus to no avail. Tran is described as 4’9” tall, 90 pounds, with shoulder length wavy black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing the necklace shown in the photo above, a blouse, jeans and sneakers. Unfortunately, very little information is available and Tu’s disappearance was not heavily covered in the media. But perhaps there are former 1990 UMBC students who remember even the smallest detail that could help give the Tran family some answers at last. If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Tu Thi-Cam Tran, please contact UMBC Police Department at (410)-455-5555 or


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1 thought on “The Disappearance of Tu Thi-Cam Tran

  • Hi! I know this is a very far stretch since it is 9 years apart – but what if there is any connection to Hae Min Lee? UMBC is only 10 minute drive from Woodland high school. I don’t know if you have looked into this. Just sounded very eerily similar, only that Hae Min Lee was found.

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