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June 10, 2011 > Police call search for missing person homicide

Police call search for missing person homicide

Submitted By Hayward Police Department

June 6, 2011 - The search for Michelle Le has been a trying and exhaustive effort for her family, friends, and the many investigative personnel who have worked on trying to find her since she disappeared more than a week ago. The intensity of this investigation has been fueled with the sincere hope from everyone involved that Michelle would be found and the case would conclude with a positive outcome.

Michelle still has not been found, but based on compelling evidence we have recovered during the course of our investigation throughout the week, we are now officially classifying the case as a homicide. We realize this is the worst possible news for Michelle's family and friends, and for everyone involved in looking for her. Despite everyone's hopes, our effort to find Michelle is officially an effort of recovery. Our investigators met with the family this evening to inform them of these latest developments.

Some of the factors that lead to the official classification of this case as a homicide include a forensic examination of Michelle's car, and the parking structure where it had been parked; Multiple interviews, including those of friends, family and persons of interest; Examination of evidence collected through search warrants; Examination of video evidence from the Kaiser garage and other locations and Examination of Michelle's cell phone records.

Evidence now points conclusively to homicide. As of today, more than 25 people have been questioned regarding this case. No one has been charged for Michelle's murder, although we continue to investigate leads regarding persons of interest. The Alameda County District Attorney is also evaluating the case. Investigators continue to search remote areas of the East Bay Area in an attempt to recover Michelle. Despite the new classification, there will be no reduction in investigative staff committed to this case.

Working with the Hayward Police Department since the first day of the investigation, the FBI continues to support us in our investigation - with investigation and forensics - as has personnel from the Alameda County Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Hayward Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau (510) 293-7034.

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