Vietnamese refugee returns to Thailand to hunt for sister

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More than three decades after his sister was pulled off a refugee boat by pirates in the Gulf of Thailand, a Vietnamese man has returned to Thailand to find her, offering a half-million baht reward.

Wor Wang Dao, 47, met with Pattaya police May 5 to publicize his quest for sister Wor Wang Tuiay, who has been missing since 1981. He is seeking assistance from police around the kingdom in locating her.

Wor Wang Dao’s last photo of his missing sister (left) with an image of what she might look like now (right).Wor Wang Dao’s last photo of his missing sister (left) with an image of what she might look like now (right).

Wor Wang said his family of seven fled 34 years ago from Kien Long, Vietnam, with 74 others. Their rickety boat was intercepted by pirates before they could make shore in Vietnam and eight girls and women were taken, including his 15-year-old sister. It was the last time he’d see her.

The boat came ashore in May 1981 in Nakhon Si Thammarat where they lived in a refugee camp until they were relocated to the United States.

Wor Wang believes his sister is still alive and, he assumes, living in Thailand, perhaps married to a Thai man. He is offering a 500,000 baht reward to anyone who provides the information to reconnects him with his sister.

She would now be 49. Anyone with information can call Pol. Lt. Taweesak Suathong at 081-945-9398 or contact through Facebook at Taweesak Suathong.