New Haven (WTNH) - Is it a case of a runaway bride, or something more sinister? TheFBI have joined state and local police in a search for a Yalegraduate student who vanished from the New Haven campus on Tuesday,September 8th.
News Channel 8's Erin Cox says FBI agents with a K-9 teamentered 10 Amistad Street Thursday afternoon. Then, authoritiesbegan sifting through a garbage dumpster in the back of thebuilding. Annie Le, 24, was last seen on a surveillance videoentering that building and has not been heard from since. YalePolice were also there earlier in the day handing out flyers withLe's picture in a quest for more information.
The FBI also searched Le's apartment earlier in the day, butthey did not answer any questions from News Channel 8 about theinvestigation.
"Law enforcement officers are continuing to undertake detailedsearches of the surrounding area; and security officials arereviewing images from closed-circuit cameras in the area," YaleChief of Police James Perrotti said in a statement.
Co-workers say she just vanished leaving behind all herbelongings and her future husband, who she was to marry onSunday.
"I found out when someone came into the office and asked if Ihad seen Annie, I said no," said co-worker Debbie Apuzzo. "She lefther pocketbook, cell phone in the lab; she didn't go home lastnight. So, everybody is pretty worried [and] pretty scared."
Friends say she's very hard working, reliable, respectable andhas many achievements and accomplishments in her field.
"A lot of good friends and a wonderful fiance [that] she isgoing to marry on Sunday. We all love her a lot," student TaraBancroft said.
"Energetic, always smiling, they loved her in the lab, greatfuture ahead of her, and we are praying that she is going to pop upsomewhere and we are not going to look at the worst here," saidApuzzo.
The pharmacology student is from California and received herundergraduate degree at the University of Rochester.
Ironically, Le penned a crime and safety article for B Magazine, a Yale publication, inFebruary.
Le is Asian with brown, shoulder length hair and brown eyes. Sheweighs 90 pounds and is 4'11". She was last seen wearing aknee-length brown skirt, a bright green short-sleeved t-shirt,brown shoes and a brown necklace entering her lab on AmistadStreet.
Anyone with information on Le's whereabouts is asked to contactthe Yale Police Department at (203) 432-4400.
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