The Alameda coroner says a body found over the weekend has been identified as Michelle Le. Searchers found her remains in Sunol Canyon Saturday morning.
The remains were found by a group of volunteers who were working with the Le family in a search for clues into her disappearance. They were so badly decomposed that investigators said it was hard to determine at first whether they were male or female.
Hayward police said although the remains have been identified as the missing woman, there is a lot more forensic examination to be done in order to determine the manner and cause of death.
Police said the remains were found in the general area where GPS tracking showed the cell phones of both Le and the prime suspect in the case Giselle Esteban traveled the night Le disappeared.
The Hayward nursing student vanished in late May during a class break.
Esteban appeared in court Monday. She has not entered a plea even though she was arrested nearly two weeks ago. Investigators say they found Le's DNA on one of Esteban's shoes, along with other evidence.
Stay with NBC Bay Area News for more details at 11pm tonight. The Le family has asked for privacy and told police they would not make any public statements about the discovery.