Private Eye Joins Search for Michelle Le - NBC Bay Area

Private Eye Joins Search for Michelle Le



    The family of nursing student Michelle Le, who has been missing  for more than three weeks, has hired a private investigator, a family  spokeswoman said.

      Le's family has been working with Hayward police and the FBI to  find Le, 26, who went missing on May 27 during a break from her clinical  rotation at Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center on Sleepy Hollow Avenue.  Police have since classified Le's case as a homicide, while the family  remains hopeful she will be found.

    Private investigator Michael Frame said he was hired on Monday to  conduct a "parallel and independent" investigation.

    The investigator is working separately from Hayward police and FBI  investigators, Le's cousin and family spokeswoman Krystine Dinh said.

       "The goal is to get that one person out there that knows something  to come forward," she said.

       Frame said the Le family has "full confidence in Hayward police,"  but the private investigating group will provide an alternate venue for  people to call.

      "The fact of the matter is people just won't call the police,"  Frame said.

      The private investigation is intended to supplement the police  department's case, he said.

    Hayward police Lt. Roger Keener said Le's family conferred with  police officials before hiring Frame.

    "We wholeheartedly support them in this venture," he said. "The  reality is that some people, for a multitude of reasons, are simply  uncomfortable talking to police."

      A $65,000 reward is still available for anyone with information  leading to Le's whereabouts, Frame said.

    To share information with the private firm, people can contact the  investigator at (925) 837-8309 ext. 33 or email  Anonymous emails can be sent through the website at

    A three-day search for Le took place last weekend in Hayward and  another search is planned for Saturday. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. volunteers over  18 years old can meet at the command center at 23350 Cypress Ave. in Hayward  to help search for Le, Dinh said.

    Volunteers on Saturday will search new areas that are near where  people looked for Le last week, she said.