Reward now $100K in case of missing nursing student Michelle Le

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. Anyone with information is asked to call the Hayward Police Department at 510-293-7000.
Reward now $100K in case of missing nursing student Michelle Le
Michelle Le

(CBS/KPIX/AP) HAYWARD, Calif. - The family of missing nursing student Michelle Le, who disappeared on May 27, has increased the reward amount for her return or for information regarding her location to $100,000.

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Le, 26, went missing during a break from her clinical rotation at Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center, reports CBS affiliate KPIX.

Last Friday, her family, friends and sorority sisters held a fundraiser at a Hayward restaurant in which 20 percent of the sales were donated toward the reward fund.

Her family continues to hold on to hope despite the fact that Hayward police have classified Le's disappearance as a homicide. Although the family has been working with Hayward police and the FBI, it hired a private investigator last month to independently conduct a parallel investigation, reports the station.

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

The family plans to distribute flyers on Wednesday and search parties are also being organized for Friday and Saturday.

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