Annie Le’s Death: Police Say Killing Not A Random Act

Associated Press

AP—The Yale graduate student presumed to have been killed in her lab building and stuffed into a wall there was probably not the victim of a random act, police said Monday as they sought to ease fears about student safety.

Police found the body around 5 p.m. Sunday, on what was to have been 24-year-old Annie Le’s wedding day. She was reported missing Tuesday, and her ID, money, credit cards and purse were found in her third-floor office at the high-security Yale medical school building where the body was found.

In this undated photo released by Yale University shows Annie Le. Connecticut State Police are using search dogs as they try to find the Yale graduate student missing since Tuesday Sept. 8, 2009. Twenty-four-year-old Le planned to get married Sunday. (AP Photo/ Courtesy of Yale University)

In this undated photo released by Yale University shows Annie Le. Connecticut State Police are using search dogs as they try to find the Yale graduate student missing since Tuesday Sept. 8, 2009. Twenty-four-year-old Le planned to get married Sunday. (AP Photo/ Courtesy of Yale University)


An autopsy was under way Monday to verify the identity of the body, found in a cable duct. Police would not say Monday whether they have a suspect, but said nobody is in custody.

“We’re not believing it’s a random act,” said Officer Joe Avery, a police spokesman. He would not provide further details but said no one else is in danger.

The building where the body was found is part of the university medical school complex about a mile from Yale’s main campus and is accessible to Yale personnel with identification cards. Some 75 video surveillance cameras monitor all doorways.

“It’s a frightening idea that there’s a murderer walking around on campus,” said 20-year-old Muneeb Sultan, a chemistry student. “I’m shocked that it happened in a Yale building that had key-card access. It’s really sad.”

Police have not provided any details on the condition of the body found or how the woman died.

A friend said Monday the doctoral student never showed signs of worry about her own personal safety at work, although she did express concerns about crime in New Haven in an article she wrote last year.

“If she was concerned about (it) she would have said something to someone and they would have known,” Jennifer Simpson told CBS’ “The Early Show.” “And Jon (her fiance) would have known, her family would have known, friends would have known.”

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5 responses to “Annie Le’s Death: Police Say Killing Not A Random Act

  1. audiegrl

    Breaking:

    Law enforcement sources say they have a suspect who is in custody. The suspect is a student, failed a lie detector test, and has defensive wounds.

  2. considering you have to have a swipe card to get into that building, seems like they must have known from day 1 who was behind this.

    She swiped in but never came out.

    • audiegrl

      My husband kept thinking that it must be somebody who worked on campus. But I told him it looked likesomeone who was ‘disorganized’, because a killer who had done this before, would never have left her body where someone could find her in a building with swipe cards and video surveillance.

      Its a damn shame, because from all reports she seemed like a very nice girl. Its hard to imagine what her family must be going through. What a waste. 😦

      • Bremmer

        I really doubt that this was a random, serial killing, which are the types of crimes that are usually classified as “organized/disorganized”. The killer had access to this very secure building, so they are either a student; faculty or maybe some type of maintenance. Plus, committing the crime in a way that insures capture seems to indicate the killer just jumped at an opportunity without thinking it through. The perp most likely knew her, which also is unlike a serial killer, and probably had some type of personal motive. This may of been a of crime of passion. These are just some thoughts.
        On a personal mote, I hope they bury this person under the prison.

  3. audiegrl

    Bremmer, your right. They have a suspect now that is a student. We will probably come to learn that he had a fixation on Ms. Le, and the fact that she was getting married may have led to him making sure she did NOT get married.

    I agree, they need to put him under the jail.

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