Searchers found unidentified remains Saturday while looking for Michelle Le off a dirt trail in Sunol, Calif., about 50 miles (80km) southeast of San Francisco.
The body was found by member of a group of family members and volunteers searching for the 26-year-old woman, who went missing in May. Officials said the remains were so decomposed they could not to tell whether it was male or female.
Alameda County sheriff's spokesman J.D. Nelson has said the remains were removed Saturday night to be examined by a forensic pathologist Monday.
Le's family told The Associated Press Sunday that the family is grateful that police and volunteers have found a body.
We are focused on finding Michelle and ensuring that justice is served, said spokeswoman Krystine Dinh. With a suspect in custody, the Hayward PD will continue to work with us to locate Michelle and to bring her home so that we may have a proper memorial for her and bring closure to our family.
Michelle Le disappeared May 27 when she took a break from her nursing classes at a Hayward hospital.
Her former high school friend Giselle Esteban, 27, was arrested earlier this month and has since been charged with murder. Authorities believed she attacked Le in a parkaing garage and then hid the body. She was being held without bail, and will return to court on Monday. A judge postponed a plea hearing so she could get an attorney, according to The AP.