Bhutanese refugees hoping for a better life in Washington are now missing and Spokane Police need the community's help finding them.
17-year-old Krishna Dhakal, a Lewis and Clark High School student, 28-year-old Dilli Ram Bhattarai and 21-year-old Krishna Dhital disappeared two weeks ago. They were last seen shortly after playing soccer at a park near Whittier Pool on June 11.
With so much opportunity for a fresh start in America, family and friends can't understand why they haven't heard from them since.
At just 17, Krishna Dhakal, a Bhutanese refugee, knows conflict and suffering all too well. His family spent time in a refugee camp in Nepal, finally moving to Spokane two years ago in search of a better life.
"I always really enjoyed my conversations with him, pretty funny guy, but seemed to be a good student and had a lot of friends," family friend Anna Demmert said.
When Dhakal didn't show up for finals at Lewis and Clark two weeks ago, police and his mom knew something wasn't right. Dhakal was last seen with his cousin Dilli Ram Bhattarai and his friend Krishna Dhital. Bhattarai and Dhital are both from Tukwila in western Washington. No one has seen them or been able to reach them by cellphone.
Demmert says the Bhutense are a very trusting culture and she's afraid that may have landed Dhakal, Bhattarai and Dhital in trouble.
"Growing up in a refugee camp, where it's all a big community, and America is really not that way, most people are very nice but there are people that will take advantage of you and your kindness," Demmert said.
If you have seen any of these three men you are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.