Tuong Pham is a devout Catholic, a fisherman and a soldier. He and his wife originally lived in a small coastal village in North Vietnam.
Seven of the couple’s 10 children were born in Vietnam including the eldest child Kheu Van Pham, who was born in 1959. The other three were born in the United States.
As a soldier, Tuong fought for the Vietnamese emperor Bao Dai against the Viet Minh. He also served in the South Vietnamese Army for 10 years.
When the South Vietnamese government fell to the Communists in 1975, Tuong and his wife left Vietnam and moved to Texas, USA with Kheu and Kheu’s six siblings. The family was sponsored by St. Anne’s Catholic Church.
In 1976, Tuong’s wife gave birth to Anne Sang Thi Pham in Beaumont, Texas. He had a hard time providing for his family in Texas so he looked for another place where he could work again as a fisherman.
In 1978, Tuong and his family moved to Seaside, California, USA. In the same year, Kheu entered San Jose State College in San Jose, California to pursue a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering.
Anne became a kindergarten student at Highland Elementary School in Seaside, which is just blocks from her family’s home. Her mother usually walked her to school.
But on January 21, 1982, Anne insisted on walking by herself to her kindergarten class while her mother stayed home. The girl did not make it to school then she went missing.
On January 23, 1982, an Army Criminal Investigation Division investigator stumbled on Anne’s deceased body while looking for illegal marijuana grow in the brush along South Boundary Road at Fort Ord, a U.S. Army post on Monterey Bay of the Pacific Ocean coast in California. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled to death.
Authorities have yet to name a suspect. Anyone with information about Anne’s murder is asked to call the Seaside Police Department.