Body Found Identified As Missing Yale Student

Connecticut's chief medical examiner says the body found stuffed behind a wall in a laboratory building is that of missing Yale University graduate student Annie Le. In addition, police said they have identified a suspect in connection with the case.

Dr. Wayne Carver says the 24-year old's death is a homicide. He says he's temporarily withholding the cause of death "in order to facilitate the investigation.'

According to reports, the suspect - identified only as a student - has defensive wounds and failed a polygraph test.

Authorities on Monday said they do not believe Le was a victim of a random act but would not provide addition information. They made clear - however- that no one else is in danger.

Nearly 75 video surveillance cameras monitor the doorways of the building - which is part of the school's medical complex - where the body was found. The building is about one mile from Yale's main campus and only college personnel with identification cards are able to gain access to the building.

Authorities on Saturday seized items - including bloody clothes - found inside ceiling tiles at the Yale building where Annie Le was last spotted alive Tuesday morning.

That same day, investigators were also spotted questioning a man outside the Yale lab. The man reportedly got into the front seat of an unmarked car with one of the FBI agents before driving away.

On Sunday, officials turned their investigation to a Connecticut landfill, sorting through trash that was taken from the building in the days Le vanished.

According to police, Le's fiance Jonathan Widawsky, a Columbia University graduate student, is not a suspect and is assisting with the investigation.

The couple was supposed to get married Sunday before a crowd of 160 people at the North Ritz Club in Syosset. Employees at the club say the wedding was canceled by family members on Friday.

Debbie Apuzzo, who works in the pharmacology department, described Le as a energetic and conscientious person. She said Le was looking forward to getting married.

The university planned a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. Monday at the Ivy League university.

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