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Candlelight Vigil Set for Missing Student

Northern California nursing student still missing



    Nursing student still missing after being gone for five days (Published Tuesday, May 31, 2011)

    The family of Michelle Le will hold a candlelight vigil on the street where Michelle's car was found Friday at 8 p.m. on Ponderosa Court in Hayward.

    Police issued multiple search warrants and have interviewed 15 to 20 people in the five days since a Northern California nursing student went missing during a break from nursing school in Hayward.
    Hayward police Lt. Roger Keener said Wednesday some of those questioned in 26-year-old Michelle Le's disappearance are considered persons of interest, but no arrests have been made.
    Keener says one individual was brought to the police station for questioning and later released. He did not identify that person.
    Police say Le was last seen Friday evening heading to a parking garage at Kaiser Hospital in Hayward. Her locked Honda SUV was later found a few blocks away.
    Investigators are examining footage from the parking structure's security cameras.

    Le's family is offering a reward for information.  Her father lives in Vietnam, but has flown to the area to help in the search.

    On Tuesday Hayward police said they were looking into a possible connection between this case and a case out of Fairfield from a year ago. A 24-year-old nursing student named Phuong Le disappeared from a book store in April 2010. Her body was later found in Napa. There have been no arrests in the case.

    Hayward police said because the two women were both Vietnamese, both had the last name Le, were both nursing students and both drove white SUVs, they are talking to investigators in Fairfield to see if there could be a link in the two cases.  Police also said the similarities could also be a sad coincidence.  They did not update any connection when they spoke to the media on Wednesday.

    Michelle Le's brother Michael said the disappearance is out of character for his sister who he says is always responsible and calls him frequently.

    "She’s always been a better child, and daughter than I’ve been a son in my opinion. She’s always protected me ever since out mom passed away maybe 10 years ago when I was 11. She really became like a mother figure to me and almost over protective. I’m 23 but she still tries to take care of me as best as she can," Michael Le said.

    Through tears Michael said if something did happen to his sister she didn't deserve it adding, "I just want her home."
    Anyone with information about Le's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Hayward Police Department at (510) 293-7000.