Sunday, September 13, 2009 was supposed to be the day that Annie Le married her college sweetheart, Jonathan Widawsky. Instead, it ended up being the day that her body (police are presuming) was found stuffed into the wall of a lab building at Yale University, where she was a graduate student of pharmacology.
Last seen alive Tuesday, September 8, in the same building, many assumed Le was nothing more than a runaway bride with a severe case of cold feet. But such suspicions quickly gave way to near certainty that a crime was committed. Gruesome New Details In Playboy Model Murder
After a five-day search that included visits to a waste-processing facility on the industrial fringe of Hartford, the examination of hundreds of hours of surviellance videos from dozens of campus cameras, and the discovery of bloody clothes in the ceiling of the building she was last seen alive in, investigators realized that Le most likely never left the lab building at all. With blueprints in hand, they then proceeded to literally look into every nook and cranny of the building.
Joe Avery, a New Haven police spokesman said the body that is presumed to be Le's was found behind a basement wall in a chase—the hollow vertical space in a building used for ducts, pipes, and wires.
"The body has not been positively identified at this time," Peter Reichard, the New Haven assistant police chief said in a press conference on Sunday. "However, we are presuming it is her so we are treating it as a homicide."
Police have made clear that Widawsky, the young groom-to-be, is not a suspect in the case and that he has helped with the investigation. They refuse to say whether they have a lead on any suspects. Jaycee Dugard Abduction: Why Did Wife Stand By?
The New York Daily News, however, has pointed to one of Le's professors as a suspect. According to an article appearing in their Saturday edition, Le had been scheduled to attend this professor's class on the day she vanished. But his class was abruptly cancelled and hours later Le was discovered missing.
As the police continue their investigation, friends, family, and classmates of Le mourn. Widawsky's family sit in sad seclusion on Bittersweet Place in Huntington, Long Island. And on Sunday, at the University Church on Yale's campus, Rev. Oliver asked that congregants offer a moment of silence "for Annie, and her family who have arrived here in New Haven, for her fiance on this, what would have been their wedding day. Let us lift them up in our prayers."