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Michelle Le's remains identified

September 20, 2011 |  6:44 am

Michael Le, brother of Michelle Le, and Krystine Dinh, Le's cousin, speak at a news conference

Police said Tuesday morning that human remains found in an Alameda County canyon are those of missing nursing student Michelle Le.

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: Michael Le, brother of Michelle Le, and Krystine Dinh, Le's cousin, speak at a news conference at the Hayward Police Department on Sept. 7. Credit: Paul Sakuma / Associated Press

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