Michelle Le Update: Giselle Esteban Accused of Murdering Nursing Student

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Police today announced the arrest of Giselle Esteban, the woman who has been a "person of interest" in the homicide case of 26-year-old Michelle Le.

Le, who was set to graduate from nursing school this year, went missing on May 27 after leaving her shift at Kaiser Hospital in Hayward, where she was part of a mentoring program. She told classmates she was going to take a break and go to her car. When she failed to come back, the instructor called police to report her missing.

Police traced video footage of Le's car leaving the parking garage at Kaiser sometime after 7 p.m. Her car was found the next day about a half-mile from Kaiser, police said.

Police found surveillance showing Esteban, who reportedly held a grudge against Le for stealing her high school boyfriend, had been inside the parking garage when Le entered it.

They believe Esteban assaulted Le before driving off in her car -- however, they do not know what condition Le was in when Esteban and Le left the parking lot.

"This whole ordeal has caused so much turmoil in our family," Le's brother, Michael said at an afternoon press conference. "She [Esteban] shouldn't drag this out any further."

Police say they found bloodstains inside Le's car, which was discovered locked and parked on Ponderosa Road in Hayward. They traced calls from her cell phone all the way to Niles Canyon, where they used helicopters and K-9 units to search for Le. They were not able to find her.

Police later obtained a search warrant for Esteban's home and computer, and found Le's DNA on Esteban's athletic shoes, which they say she insisted upon wearing when they did the search.

"There's compelling evidence leading to Esteban's arrest," says Lieutenant Roger Keener.

Esteban was arrested at about 10 a.m. at her home on suspicion of murdering Le. No weapon has been found, Keener said.

About a month after Le went missing, police concluded she had been killed. However, Le's family refused to acknowledge this assertion, and they continued searching for her while increasing the reward to help locate her.

"This does not mark the end of this investigation," Keener told reporters after announcing the arrest. "We will not consider this case complete until we find Michelle."

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elle9o
elle9o

I know exactly how giselle felt... Not that I'm on her side -- cause she took her situation way overboard, but love can mold a complete psycho out of you.

Hblackstone62
Hblackstone62

A Filipino woman murdered a Vietnamese woman. I thought Asians in America should get along and represent in unity to the majority white Caucasians in America? Travesty!

Mt
Mt

Seriously people, they were talking about the poor girl missing, and all you can contribute is how bad the grammar was? Really? Wow. People now a days ....

Larry Tucker
Larry Tucker

This will be interesting. They need the body to establish guilt. DNA shows guilt if it is of a nature to have come from inside the body such as brain matter.  It is speculation as to what this DNA is and how it got there. It would be possible to have DNA on a shoe if she kicked Le at sometime in the past. Is the DNA from blood or just skin cells rubbed off in a scuffle?

CYNICAL
CYNICAL

FYI - "corpus delicti"does not mean "physical body" but "body of evidence" - as "Acid Bath Murderer" John George Haigh famously found out.  If there is strong forensic circumstantial evidence, you can still get a murder conviction.  It's much harder, but I believe it's possible.  

GG
GG

*had BEEN killed

Greg
Greg

Too many typos and grammatical errors. Where's the copyediting?

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