By Calvin Palmer
The killing of a female Yale student, missing since last Tuesday, was probably not a random act, police said today.
The body of 24-year-old doctoral student Annie Le was found yesterday afternoon stuffed into a cable duct in the research building of the Yale Medical School where she worked.
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.
An autopsy formally identify the body today as that of the missing student. Le’s family has been notified.
Connecticut’s chief medical examiner Dr Wayne Carver said Le’s death was a homicide but withheld the cause of death “in order to facilitate the investigation”.
Police would not say whether they have a suspect.
“We’re not believing it’s a random act,” said Officer Joe Avery, a police spokesman.
Le, from Placerville, Caliornia, was to have been married yesterday to Jonathan Widawsky, a graduate student at Columbia University, at the North Ritz Club in Syosset, New York. Police have said Widawsky is not a suspect and is helping with the investigation.
If Widawsky is ruled out, Le’s killer is more than likely, based on the police statement, to be someone with access to the research laboratory where she worked, either a colleague or an employee.
New Haven police are now the lead investigators in the homicide investigation. Yale University police, the FBI, state police and the New Haven state’s attorney’s office are also assisting.