Missing woman's remains found after decade-long investigation

Credit: National Missing and Unidentified Persons Database

The remains of a woman who went missing from a assisted living facility in 2008 were found in a heavily wooded area in Cleveland County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office says on Saturday, Feb. 17 two hunters found human remains in the woods off East Stagecoach Trail, just west of Philadelphia Rd.

Investigators were called to the scene, and after examining the area they collected the remains and sent them to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Charlotte for analysis and identification.

On Monday, Feb. 26, the State Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as Mouy T. Tang. Tang was reported missing by Unique Living Rest Home on Philadelphia Rd. in September of 2008. She was 46 at the time of her disappearance. She was reported to have had medical issues, particularly diabetes.

Tang’s remains were found somewhere between three and 10 miles away from the facility in heavy underbrush. The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that there was no trauma to the body or signs of foul play, and her death was ruled accidental.

Tang’s family was notified of the discovery after this nearly ten-year investigation.

The Sheriff’s Office says that in the days, weeks, and years following Tang’s disappearance, they enlisted the help of the Cleveland County Emergency Management, fire departments, numerous K-9 teams and horseback teams, private search and rescue specialists, helicopter teams and volunteers, including the family, to search for Tang.

Sheriff Alan Norman said, “After all these years, we have held out hope that Ms. Tang would be reunited safely with her family. Unfortunately, that did not happen. We know that the discovery of her remains will allow her family some closure. Since the beginning of this case, the Tang family has done everything within their power to assist in the return of their loved one. After much hard work, the family was instrumental in the closure of Unique Living Rest Home, which had been the target of many community complaints over the years of its operation.”

Unique Living was closed by the state of North Carolina shortly after Tang's disappearance The Shelby Star reports.