Search resumes for last of four kids thrown from coastal bridge

Published 7:53 pm Thursday, January 17, 2008

Searchers fanned out across waterways off the Alabama and Mississippi coasts Thursday morning looking for the last of four children allegedly thrown off the Dauphin Island bridge by their father on Jan. 7.

The bodies of three children have been recovered since the search began on Jan. 8. The search was temporarily suspended Wednesday due to stormy weather.

Lam Luong, 37, a shrimp boat worker from Irvington, has been charged with capital murder in the children’s deaths. Their mother, 23-year-old Kieu Phan, has received overwhelming support and sympathy from the community.

Members of the First Baptist Church of Bayou La Batre met for their regular Wednesday night worship and, as they did during the past week, they prayed for children whose lives ended too early. Collette King of Bayou Coden is one of the dozens of people who’ve been searching for the children.

When asked what that job has been like, King told Mobile TV station WKRG, “It’s one you don’t want to do. You go out there and look for something you don’t want to find.”