After a series of mishaps,unrelenting heat of the Mekong Delta, near sunstroke and false leads, our luck began to turn around. We were contacted by two people on the same day who had credible information on Diep. One wanted money and needed time to contact her, and the other seemingly just needed time to get an address. We returned to Ho Chi Minh City and waited. Often times we are contacted by "opportunists" who only see dollar signs instead of stars in their eyes. We know how to sift through the frauds.Subsequently, we were contacted by the woman's brother, who in turn contacted his sister Diep, living in China at the time. Diep then flew back to Viet Nam to meet Mr Mike- who was flying in from the U.S to meet her, my wife and myself.
We ended up having a wonderful Dim Sum lunch at the Lucky Star Chinese Restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City, and the two now plan to meet in Viet Nam once a year for a reunion.The odds of us finding her seemed as remote as finding a distant star, but we found that star, and it turned out to be lucky. Knowing what to do, how to do it, persevance, and inexplicable good timing, worked to the advantage of all concerned. This was one of the most successful, interesting and personally rewarding cases.