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Murdered Yale Student Annie Le: Police Descend on Lab Technician's Apartment Building

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Photo: Officer stands outside Yale medical building Sept. 14, 2009 where Annie Le's body was found.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBS/AP) As the mystery deepens over the identity of potential suspects in the killing of Yale graduate student Annie Le, authorities have descended in large numbers on the home of a Yale animal research laboratory technician, according to the Associated Press.

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An official parked outside the Warfside Commons apartment complex in Middletown, about 20 miles away near Hartford, wouldn't confirm whether police were there to investigate the Le killing, but public records show the technician lives in a first-floor apartment. A man answering the door Tuesday said the technician wasn't at home and closed the door.

For two days now, police sources close to the investigation have contradicted official pronouncements from New Haven police spokesman Joe Avery.

On Monday Crimesider and other media outlets reported that police had narrowed their list down to one person of interest who had failed at least one polygraph test. That came from a police source close to the investigation. Avery denied those reports late Monday.

Early Tuesday, several newspapers reported that a lab technician who worked in the same building where 24-year-old Le's body was found stuffed behind a wall, had become the primary focus of the investigation.

True? Not true? The police have not officially said.

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Photo: Annie Le in a Facebook image.

We do know that neighbors said authorities in unmarked cars arrived Monday afternoon and frequently follow and pull over drivers in the complex. As has been typical in this case, New Haven police would not officially comment on the efforts there.

Meanwhile, a state official with firsthand knowledge of the case has said New Haven police have identified "a person of interest." Is it the same person? At this point we don't know. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation into Le's killing is ongoing.

Le disappeared on Sept. 8, five days before her wedding to Jonathan Widawsky, a graduate student at Columbia University. Her body was found on the day she had hoped to wed.

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  • Neil Katz

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