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Remains identified as those of Michelle Le

September 19, 2011 | 10:36 pm

Michele Le Human remains found in a canyon in Alameda County were identified Monday night as those of Michelle Le, a nursing student who disappeared in May, according to media reports.

Le, who was raised in San Diego County, went missing May 27 after she left a Hayward hospital where she had been training. A woman who went to high school with Le in San Diego, Giselle Esteban, was arrested last week in connection with Le's disappearance.

The remains were identified by the Alameda County coroner's office, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Esteban had been a person of interest in the investigation, authorities said, because she had blamed Le for ruining her relationship with her boyfriend. Investigators also said they found Le's DNA on one of Esteban's shoes, along with evidence that she had been in Le's car and security camera footage of Esteban from the Hayward parking lot.

Searchers found remains and other items Saturday and Sunday near Pleasanton Sunol Road and Verona Road, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department.

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Photo: An undated file photo of 26-year-old nursing student Michelle Le. Credit: Hayward Police Department

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