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Calif. nursing student Michelle Le was murdered, say cops

Police say Michelle Le was murdered
Michelle Le Personal Photo

(CBS/KPIX/AP) HAYWARD, Calif. - Conclusive evidence in the case of missing northern California nursing student Michelle Le points to homicide, police said Monday evening.

Pictures: Calif. nursing student was murdered, say cops

Hayward police Capt. Darryl McAllister said that a forensic examination from the 26-year-old Le's car and the parking garage where the vehicle was found, video evidence from the garage and other evidence have led them to believe she was killed.

According to CBS station KPIX, no suspects have been arrested, but detectives are questioning people of interest. McAllister said more than 25 people had been interviewed so far in the investigation, and that the Alameda County district attorney is evaluating the evidence.

Le was last seen May 27, when the Merritt College nursing student took a work break during a clinical rotation shift at a Hayward, Calif., hospital and never returned. In addition to evidence from her car and the video surveillance system, police said Le's cell phone records and items collected during search warrants also pointed to homicide.

"We have come across several people who have piqued our interest that they may be involved in this case," McAllister said.

Still, McAllister said he did not want to jeopardize the investigation by elaborating further but confirmed that the evidence points conclusively to homicide.

The news comes hours after the reward for information leading to Le's safe return increased to $65,000.

Le is described as 5-feet-6-inches tall with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hayward Police Department at 510-293-7000.

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