Friday January 11, 2013
Retiree searching for missing wife
PETALING JAYA: Retiree Henry Chuen, 63, was about to board his flight back to the United States with his wife in November last year when she “disappeared” from the airport before they were about to check in.
One month on, he has still not found her and is desperate for any leads on her whereabouts.
Chuen said he and his wife Lisa Cheong Lai Har, 43, (pic) were about to fly back together to the US after attending her father's funeral in Ipoh.
“We were waiting for the check-in counter to open when Lisa went to the bathroom.
“I got worried when she was gone a long time, so I asked some cleaners to check on her but she was not inside,” he said.
Chuen, who has been living in the US for over 30 years, met Lisa through a matchmaking website in early 2008.
“She sounded like a very shy person and not someone who would try anything mischievous.
“She told me she really wanted to go to the United States, but her visitor visa had been rejected,” said Chuen, who was then working as an IT professional in California.
When they finally met in Kuala Lumpur after six months of online correspondence, he then decided to sponsor her as his fiancee to enter the US.
On May 31, 2009, they tied the knot in Las Vegas and then settled down in San Francisco.
Chuen was laid off later that year during the economic downturn and subsequently bought a warehouse, where he planned to start an organic fertiliser business.
The couple last returned to Malaysia in September to visit Cheong's dying father in Ipoh.
After the funeral, Chuen said he sensed that his wife wanted to remain in Malaysia longer.
“Maybe that was why she left the airport. I checked with the airline and she never boarded the flight back to the US,” Chuen said, who has been searching for her in Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur.
He is offering a reward for any information on Lisa. Chuen can be contacted at 017-395 9491.