New $100,000 Reward in Search for Michelle Le

Family praying for Le's safe return.

By Erika Okano
|  Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011  |  Updated 12:10 PM PDT
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New $100,000 Reward in Search for Michelle Le

Le shown on a missing persons poster.

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The family of missing East Bay nursing student Michelle Le is now offering a $100,000 reward for information about where she is.

Le's family says that donations and community support allowed them to increase the award.

"Our family has spent the last 45 days saving money to reach this amount," Michelle's brother, Michael Le, said. "We're hoping this will motivate someone to find it in themselves to step forward; we just want her home with us."

The family says it will not give up hope and plans to keep her story in the news for as long as it takes. They plan to distribute fliers in Hayward on Wednesday.

Search parties are organized for Friday and Saturday. Volunteers will meet at 25350 Cypress Ave. in Hayward at 8 a.m. on both days.

Le, who grew up in San Diego and graduated from Mt. Carmel High, disappeared on May 27 while on a break from her clinical rotation at Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center.

Hayward police have classified her disappearance as a homicide. They are working with the FBI.

Le's family has hired a private investigator to conduct a parallel investigation.

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