Tests on bloody clothes in student case may be completed Monday

Authorities have not positively tied the remains to Annie Le, 24, but they say they're assuming they are hers.
A day after finding a body inside a building where missing Yale student Annie Le was last seen, investigators might get a key piece of evidence Monday: results of tests on blood-stained clothing found in the same building.

Teams at a Connecticut State Police lab worked through the weekend processing and examining the clothes, which were found hidden above tiles in a drop ceiling. Lt. Paul Vance, a State Police spokesman, said results could be available as early as Monday. The remains of a woman were found Sunday inside a basement wall in the medical research building. Le, a 24-year-old graduate student in pharmacology, was last seen entering the building Tuesday morning. Though authorities have not positively tied the remains to Le, “we are assuming that it is her at this time, so we are treating it as a homicide investigation,” Peter Reichard, assistant police chief in New Haven, Connecticut, said Sunday. Authorities have not described the clothes that were found, nor have they said whether they may have belonged to Le. Watch what is next in the student death case Thomas Kaplan, editor of the school newspaper the Yale Daily News, said a Yale police official told the paper that the clothes were not what Le was wearing when she entered the building. Security cameras last captured Le as she entered the four-story lab building at 10 Amistad St., about 10 blocks from the main campus. After poring over hours of surveillance tapes, authorities said they had not found images of her leaving the building.

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Le was to be married Sunday on New York’s Long Island to Jonathan Widawsky, a graduate student at Columbia University. Investigators searched a waste facility Sunday that normally handles garbage from the Yale lab, said William Reiner of the FBI’s New Haven office. The search took place at the Resources Recovery Authority landfill in Hartford, near New Haven. “In a situation like this, it’s common for us to follow the trash,” Reiner said. Students at the university planned to hold a vigil Monday “It’s just so puzzling how this could have happened,” Kaplan said. “How whoever did this could have done it in the middle of the day in a busy building.” Yale University President Richard Levin, in a statement to the campus community, said, “Our hearts go out to Annie Le’s family, fianc and friends, who must suffer the additional ordeal of waiting for the body to be identified.”

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In December 1998, Suzanne Jovin, a senior political science and international studies double major at Yale, was found stabbed 17 times at an off-campus location. Despite a $60,000 reward, that case remains unsolved. Le, a resident of Placerville, California, seemed to have been well aware of the risks of crime in a university town. In February, she compared crime and safety at Yale to other Ivy League schools for a piece for B magazine, published by the medical school.

Among the tips she offered: Keep a minimum amount on your person. When she walked over to the research building on Tuesday, she left her purse, credit cards and cell phone in her office.