Reward Offered for Missing Nursing Student

Le's family has not spoken to the media, but have been cooperative with police

By Lori Preuitt, R. Stickney and Paul Krueger
|  Tuesday, May 31, 2011  |  Updated 10:35 PM PDT
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Michelle Le, 26, is a San Diego-native nursing student at Samuel Merritt University. Le graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos.

Michelle Le, 26, is a San Diego-native nursing student at Samuel Merritt University. Le graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in Rancho Penasquitos.

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Clues Hard to Find in Search for Student

A nursing student hasn't been seen since class on Friday.

Hayward Police Search for Missing Student

Hayward Police are tracking the cell phone of 26-year-old Michelle Le who vanished this weekend. NBC Bay Area's Monte Francis reports.
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A close San Diego relative of a woman missing in the Bay Area hopes everyone will help in the search for 26 year-old Michelle Le.

Le, a nursing student, took a break from class Friday evening and hasn't been heard from since.

Friends and family are now offering $20,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of the 26-year-old.

Le was last seen at 7 p.m. on Friday at  Kaiser Hospital at 27303 Sleepy Hollow Ave. South, according to Hayward police. 

Her classmates said that she left some of the school gear behind. 

Thuy Le raised her niece Michelle in Mira Mesa, after Michelle's mother died. Michelle graduated from Mt. Carmel High School and moved to the Bay Area, where she graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Social Work. Michelle worked for several years, then decided to enter nursing school in Hayward, in the East Bay, her aunt told NBC San Diego News.

Le was taking classes from Samuel Merritt University. The university said Monday that the school community is "deeply concerned about the disappearance of our nursing student Michelle Le."

The school said that police have conducted interviews with family, friends and acquaintances and that they are following up on leads.
   
Le told fellow students about a weekend trip to Reno, but did not show up there. Her cell phone has gone unanswered since Friday.
   
Police found her Honda SUV parked a few blocks from class. As of early Monday police were still waiting for a search warrant to get inside the vehicle to look for clues.

A missing person poster describes Le as 5'6", black hair and wearing white nursing scrubs.

Anyone with information about Le's whereabouts is encouraged to call Hayward police at (510) 293-5051.

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