A badly decomposed body, which is suspected as the missing nursing student Michelle Le's remains by the authority, was found in a bushy area of Alameda County of the San Francisco Bay Area late Saturday morning.
The body was found about 10:30 a.m. near a dirt road between the Pleasanton and Sunol's unincorporated area by a volunteer of search team, according to CBS station KPIX.
However, the remains were so badly decomposed that the investigators can't discern its gender.
Le, 26, went missing about 7 p.m. on May 27. It was reported that she left during a class break at Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center. She told her classmates that she planned to drive to Reno, Nev., to meet her friends over the weekend. But after she left, she never came back again.
Le's family raised $100,000 to search her, but it was in vain. The case was considered as a homicide, according to the evidence which was found, such as the blood in Le's car, surveillance camera footage, cellphone records etc.
Giselle Esteban, an ex-friend of Le, was arrested on Sept. 7 on suspicion of murdering Le. Le and Esteban were friends in the high school. However, the relationship between Esteban and Le soured afterwards. Esteban once said straightforward in an interview that she openly hated Le because Le caused her and her ex-boyfriend to split. However, she has denied involvement in Le's disappearance.
The police have confirmed from the security cameras at the Kaiser Permanente parking structure that Esteban was present around the time of Le’s disappearance. Furthermore, there was additional physical evidence discovered inside Le’s car that confirmed that Esteban had been in Le's car.
According to Le and Esteban’s cell phone records, the authorities have the evidence that they had traveled the similar path from the medical center to the Niles and Sunol Canyon areas in Alameda County. On May 29, the police found a pair of shoes in Esteban's house which contained Le’s DNA.
The agencies would conduct a joint investigation until they find out if the remains is Le or not, Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.
Esteban was back in court Monday after a judge postponed a plea hearing, so she could get an attorney. Now Esteban is pregnant and being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin without bail.