Police narrowing down suspects in case of missing nursing student Michelle Le 

Hayward police say they are narrowing down the suspect pool in the case of missing nursing student Michelle Le and expect to make an arrest in the “not too distant future.”

The arrest, however, is not likely to come in the next few days, Hayward police Lt. Roger Keener said Monday.

“I don’t know if it’s going to be three weeks from now or three months from now,” Keener said.

Keener said some media have  “spun” the phrase “not too distant future” to mean an arrest was imminent.

However, he did say the investigation is progressing.

The 26-year-old Le, from San Mateo, disappeared May 27. She was last seen leaving Kaiser Hospital in Hayward during a break from an evening shift. She was wearing white hospital scrubs.

Le has yet to be found, but evidence that included blood in her car suggests she was murdered, police said.

The case is complex since police don’t have a definitive crime scene and have yet to find Le, Keener said.

Keener described the investigation like a room filled with suspects. There are “so many people to talk to and establish alibis or refute alibis,” and the more detectives learn they are able to pull suspects out of the room and narrow them down to just a few.

“We have a lot fewer people in that proverbial room than we did in the beginning,” Keener said. “We are closing in on them [the true suspects].”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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