Blood-stained clothing found where missing Yale student worked

By Calvin Palmer

Blood-marked clothes have been found above a ceiling tile in the building where a 24-year-old Yale student, missing since Tuesday, was last seen, a police source said yesterday.

The body of doctoral student Annie Le has not been found and the search continues.

Kim Mertz of the FBI said that items that might be evidence have been collected from the research building in the Yale Medical School complex where Le worked.

“We don’t know if they could be associated with Annie Le,” Mertz said. “We have not identified anyone as a person of interest.

“We’re not in a position today to say whether this is a missing person case or whether criminality is involved.”

Le was seen entering the building at about 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning on CCTV footage but she was not seen leaving the building. Her purse, cell phone, credit cards and money were found in her office in the lab building.

Investigators have continued to study CCTV footage from 75 cameras that monitor the area.

“I do not know that it’s definitive that she has left the building at this point,” Mertz said.

Yale University has posted a $10,000 reward for information leading to Le’s whereabouts. She is described as being of Asian descent, 4 feet 11 inches tall and 90 pounds, with brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a knee-length brown skirt, brown shoes and a green t-shirt.

Le, originally from Placerville, California, was to have been married on Sunday at the North Ritz Club in Syosset, New York. Workers at the club said the wedding was canceled on Friday.

Police said her fiancé, Jonathan Widawsky, a graduate student at Columbia University in New York City, is not a suspect and is assisting with the investigation.

[Based on reports by The Hartford Courant and Associated Press.] 

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