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Tuesday
Sep202011

Missing California Student Michelle Le's Body Identified

MichelleLeMissing [dot] com(HAYWARD, Calif.) -- The body discovered in Niles Canyon earlier this week has been confirmed to be that of missing California nursing student Michelle Le, according to the Hayward Police Department.

Although the remains discovered have been confirmed to belong to Le, the cause of the woman's death is still undetermined by the Alameda County Coroner, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Le's remains were found in the same area where police believe the woman charged with Le's murder dumped her body.

John Hayes, a volunteer in the search for Le, discovered the remains in a remote, brushy area of Alameda County on Sunday, but investigators originally said it could take weeks to determine whether they were of the young woman.

On Monday, Giselle Esteban, who is suspected of Le's murder, made her second court appearance and was charged with murdering Le.  Esteban was appointed an attorney, who asked for time to review the case.

"All I can say at this point is that I've just met Ms. Esteban and so I really don't have anything substantive to say at this point," defense attorney Andrea Auer said.

Esteban, 27, and currently pregnant with her second child, told ABC News' San Francisco affiliate KGO-TV in June that she "hates" Le because Le was friends with the father of Esteban's 5-year-old daughter.  Esteban has denied having anything to do with Le's disappearance.

Police, however, have said that evidence, including cellphone records, indicate that Esteban was in the same wooded area as Le when she vanished.

Le, 26, went missing May 27, when she took a break from her nursing classes at a Hayward hospital.  She told colleagues she was going to her car, but she never returned from the break and her locked Honda SUV was found later half a mile away.

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Sunday
Sep182011

Remains Found During Search for Missing Nursing Student

Giorgio Fochesato/Vetta/Getty Images(ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif.) -- A volunteer in the search for missing California nursing student Michelle Le discovered a body in a remote, brushy area of Alameda County, but investigators said it could take weeks to determine whether they are the young woman.

The remains were so decomposed that investigators could not immediately say whether they were those of a male or female. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the remains were found in the same area where police believe the woman charged with Le's murder dumped her body.

Alameda County investigators have sealed off access to the scene, but say it could take weeks to identify the remains if they have to use DNA testing. Officials said they haven't found any articles of clothing or other evidence that ties the body discovered to Le.

"Today, one of the search party members did discover remains. Right now, that's all we know," said Lt. Roger Keener with the Hayward Police Department, according to ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco. "There is nothing that indicates gender with the remains. The body is decomposed."

Le, 26, went missing May 27, when she took a break from her nursing classes at a Hayward hospital. She told colleagues she was going to her car, but she never returned from the break and her locked Honda SUV was found later half a mile away.

A former high school friend of Le's, Giselle Esteban, 27, was arrested 11 days ago ago in connection with Le's disappearance. Investigators say surveillance video, cell phone records and DNA samples led to Esteban's arrest.

In June, Esteban told KGO that she "hates" Le because Le was friends with the father of Esteban's 5-year-old daughter. Esteban has denied having anything to do with Le's disappearance.

Even without Le's body, investigators said they have enough to charge Esteban with murdering the nursing student. Surveillance video shows her at the crime scene before and after Le went missing, traces of Le's blood were found inside Esteban's car and Le's DNA was found on one of Esteban's shoes, Hayward police said.

Cell phone records also show both women's phones "traveled on a similar path" from the hospital around Alameda County immediately after Le disappeared.

Esteban is due back in court Monday, after a judge postponed a plea hearing last week so she could get an attorney.

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Wednesday
Sep072011

Arrest Made in Murder of California Nursing Student Michelle Le

Comstock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A former friend of Michelle Le, the missing California nursing student who disappeared in May, has been arrested and charged with her murder.

Surveillance video, cellphone records and DNA samples led to Wednesday morning's arrest of Giselle Esteban, according to Lt. Roger Keener of the Hayward Police Department.

Le disappeared on May 27 from Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center in Northern California as she was walking from her car to the garage, according to ABC News affiliate KGO. Police believe she was murdered.

Blood stains belonging to Le were found on the interior of Le's car and matched those found on the bottom of a pair of sneakers in Esteban's home, according to Keener.

Security video from the parking garage in which Le was last seen also showed Esteban in the garage before and after Le's arrival there, and led police to believe that Le was assaulted while there, Keener said.

Hayward police and the FBI also tracked the cellphone movements of Le's phone and, later, Esteban's phone in the hours after her disappearance, and saw that both cellphones moved around Alameda County in about the same path and timeframe, he said.

Police said that though they believe they have solved one part of the crime against Le, they are still committed to finding Le and figuring out what happened to her.

Keener would not elaborate on the relationship between the pair or speculate on a motive.

The Oakland Tribune previously reported that Esteban's former boyfriend, with whom she had a child, had a relationship with Le. The boyfriend filed a restraining order against Esteban just three days prior to Le's disappearance, citing Esteban's erratic behavior and threats of killing herself, according to the report.

Le's family made a statement following the arrest, saying that Esteban, who's been a suspect since May, "dragged this out longer than it had to go," and that their "primary concern was and is and always will be to find Michelle and bring her home with us."

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