The family of missing Bay Area nursing student Michelle Le said they believe she is alive — even though Hayward police claim their evidence points to murder.
In a press conference Tuesday, Le’s father said he feels cops have given up on finding his daughter alive and need to offer concrete evidence before labeling the case a homicide.
“To us, if you call something murder case, you have to have a body,” Son Le told reporters outside the Hayward police station.
On Monday, cops said the case “points conclusively to homicide,” citing evidence gathered from multiple interviews, search warrants, cell phone records, from Le’s car and from video footage of the garage where she was last seen.
Le went missing on May 27 from Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center. The 26-year-old took a work break during her shift at the hospital and never returned.
Dozens of people have been questioned in the case — including an ex-friend who reportedly hates Le for stealing her husband. No one has been charged for Le’s murder, police said.
The family hasn’t seen eye to eye with the police investigation. On Sunday, they called on the FBI to take the case after complaining about the pace of the police probe.
“We’ve been frustrated with the lack of information,” said Le’s younger brother, Michael Le.
Son Le said police offered the family less details about the homicide classification than the media, he said.
“They didn’t specify any reason at all,” Michael Le said. “They said there will be a time when the details will come out, but now is not the time.”
Meanwhile Tuesday, Samuel Merritt University, where Le was enrolled in the Accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing program, memorialized the “good student” on its website as “generous to the point of being selfless.”
“The pain we feel is indescribable,” the university’s president Sharon Diaz said in the statement.
A $65,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Le’s return. Relatives plan to continue distributing fliers.
“There’s still a lot more work that needs to be done,” Son Le said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.