The FBI says it is examining materials that have been discovered that may be linked to missing Yale graduate student Annie Le.
A law enforcement source close to the investigation tells CNN bloody clothes are among the potential evidence being tested to see whether the blood is Le’s. The source added the clothes were found hidden in ceiling tiles in the medical research building where Le was last seen Tuesday. “All I can say is items that could potentially be evidence have been seized. None have yet been associated with Annie Le,” New Haven’s FBI Agent in Charge Kim Mertz said Saturday at a news conference. Mertz added that the items are being tested in more than one laboratory, but declined to say where. Le, 24, was to be married Sunday in Long Island, New York. Her fiance, Jonathan Widawsky, is a graduate student at Columbia University in New York. It is not uncommon for the FBI to help local police departments by using its laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. The Connecticut State Police also has a forensics lab in Meriden.
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“We are not in a position today to conclude whether this is a missing person’s case or whether criminality is involved,” Mertz told reporters. Yale University officials said at least 100 agents with the FBI, New Haven police and Connecticut State Police are assisting in the investigation. Le was last seen on a Yale security camera entering a medical research building at about 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Investigators say they have spoken with students and others in the building who confirm she was there. Authorities have not found images of her leaving the building. The FBI says investigators are reviewing the video “frame by frame.” Yale Vice President and Secretary Linda Lorimer said Saturday there is “no reason to believe” that Le may have run away.