California man found dead after Tinder date in Colombia

A California man was reportedly found dead after going on a Tinder date during a vacation in Medellin, Colombia.

Paul Nguyen, 27, was traveling abroad for the first time when he left for the South American country with a friend last week, his family said.

There, Nguyen met a woman on Tinder and went on a date with her on Nov. 9. He was last seen at a bar with the same woman at around 2 a.m. the next day, according to reports.

Later that morning, Nguyen’s body was found next to garbage receptacles, according to Peruvian newspaper El Comercio. A man who was not apparently Asian was reported to have used his cards in the hours that he went missing.

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Nguyen’s family in Orange County are searching for answers. They believe his date lured him into a robbery.

Prior to disappearing, the Cal State Fullerton graduate reportedly managed to take a Snapchat photo of his alleged date. He wrote in the caption, “The language barrier is unreal.”

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Colombian police suspect Nguyen was drugged.

“They took all of his stuff and his belongings. We know all his cards were swiped after 4 a.m.,” Nguyen’s sister Amy told ABC7. “We believe there were multiple people involved and she was just there to lure him and set him up.”

Amy organized a fundraising campaign on GoFundMe to raise money for her brother’s return and funeral. She described him as her “older brother who was always there to take care of me.”

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“He is a victim of a cruel and senseless crime. These people chose money and greed over a single thought of my brother’s life,” Amy wrote. “He was there to support me through my ups and downs. He was my shoulder to cry on.”

Nguyen worked as a contractor, Amy said. As of this writing, her campaign has raised $35,535.


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