Search warrant released in Phuong Le murder investigation

May 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Court documents released to the public in Fairfield on Friday offer new clues about the murder of a Bay Area woman. Those papers describe a romance between Phuong Le and her former boss Thuc Nguyen. The documents are so specific, they even include a mention of an 80s love song.

The warrant is all about what police found in their search of her former boss' home and business. ABC7 met Nguyen on Friday night, but he politely said he did not want to talk on camera. In a shaky, emotional voice he said he is hurting, but that he has nothing to hide.

Court documents now reveal that Fairfield police do believe Le was involved in a romantic relationship with her former boss, who is married, and that he was the last person she spoke to before she disappeared.

According to the search warrant, Nguyen called Le at 6:01 p.m. on April 25. They talked for nine minutes. At 6:24, Le called Nguyen. That call lasted one minute.

The next morning, Le's brother found her car in the parking lot of a Barnes and Noble with her cell phone and purse inside.

Her family has always believed that Le and Nguyen had a platonic relationship. Her brother, Dinh Le, was surprised when he read the search warrant. However, it doesn't change his opinion of Nguyen who has been a family friend for years.

"I still don't think Thuc is related to the killing because we know him for a long time and we believe him," said Dinh.

The documents also detail several romantic e-mails between the two. Including one from Nguyen featuring the lyrics from the Air Supply song "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All."

Police searched Nguyen's Fairfield home and business on April 29. They have also questioned him. Investigators have not named his as a suspect. They took several of his things including cell phones, computers, and cameras.

"We hope that police can catch the killer so we know why he did that to my sister. That's how we just we pray," said Dinh.

Le's body was found in North Napa County nearly two weeks after she disappeared. Police have not said how she was killed. As for the evidence they gathered from Nguyen's home and business, investigators conducted forensic tests on his belongings and are waiting for the results.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Fairfield Police Department at (707) 644-7867 or Crimestoppers at (707) 428-7600.


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