This week marks two months since a 25-year-old Fort Wayne man went missing. Kevin Nguyen’s family is now investing hundreds of dollars into a billboard, hoping it will bring their loved one home.
Dee Campbell put the money down for billboard herself. She said even in her old age, she won’t leave this earth without finding Kevin first.
“I’m going to make it my mission to bring my grandson home, whatever it takes,” she said.
Campbell’s grandson Kevin Ngeyen has been missing for almost two months. He went missing after a night at the Brass Rail bar on Broadway on December 8.
To make sure no one forgets he’s still gone, Campbell is renting a billboard on Broadway just a few blocks from the bar.
“It is front and center,” she said. “That’s what I wanted it to be. Front and center. For Fort Wayne to see my grandson’s face to see that he is missing. We want answers.”
Nguyen’s family has desperately looked for him: posting flyers, searching local rivers, and calling on the community’s help.
“I don’t get a lot of sleep,” she said. “My family is hurting from the heart. My son is tore up. His wife is Kevin’s mother. She’s stresed all the time. Our family’s at a loss.”
His family said he was kicked out of the Brass Rail on Broadway after an altercation and that’s the last they’ve seen or heard from him.
The Arby’s on Jefferson Blvd. gave them a video of Kevin walking by the side of their building alone around 1:40 a.m. that morning.
Campbell said the Brass Rail is hiding answers. The bar said they’ve told police everything they know, including providing their own security footage.
The grandmother said if it means spending money until she is broke, she will make sure Kevin is reunited with their family.
“That billboard would get someone to realize that this is a human being,” she said. “It’s not like I’m protecting somebody’s home that got broken into a car. We’re talking about a human being that needs to have closure. My son hurts. My family hurts and we just want Kevin home.”
Fort Wayne police says they haven’t had any breaks in the search for Kevin. They support the family’s choice to rent the billboard.