Missing Vietnamese student in France confirmed dead

By VNA, VnExpress   June 6, 2024 | 04:16 am PT
Missing Vietnamese student in France confirmed dead
French police officers stand guard in suburban Paris, April 2021. Photo by AP
A Vietnamese female student in France who was reported to go missing since January 2024 has been confirmed dead by French authorities, spokesperson of Vietnam's Foreign Ministry Pham Thu Hang said on Thursday.

At the ministry's press conference, the spokesperson said as soon as receiving information that the student, Nguyen Bich Ngoc, had not contacted her family since January, the Vietnamese Embassy in France notified the French police to search for her and coordinated with Vietnamese representative agencies in neighbouring countries to closely follow the incident.

Recently, the French police discovered a body in an apartment on the outskirts of Paris, and after verifying the body's identification, French authorities confirmed that the dead was Ngoc.

The Vietnamese Embassy has informed and supported Ngoc's family to go to France as well as collaborated with local authorities to carry out necessary legal procedures.

Ngoc had finished defending her master's degree thesis by the time she went missing.

The Vietnamese embassy is continuing to coordinate with French authorities to clarify the cause of the incident and assist her family to bring the deceased’s ashes back to Vietnam.

Hang emphasised that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises Vietnamese citizens residing in other countries to carrying out citizen registration procedures at Vietnamese representative agencies abroad so as to receive quick and timely support in case of emergencies.

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