Friends, family hold vigil for Michelle Le

June 4, 2011 12:09:23 AM PDT
The family and friends of missing nursing student Michelle Le held a vigil in Hayward for her on Friday night. It's been one week since she disappeared and the reward for Michelle's safe return has increased to $40,000.

A plea went out from some of the more than 100 friends, family and supporters of Michelle gathered at a candle light vigil in Hayward.

"Whoever has her please, please have some compassion because there are people who are missing her and want her back and who need her back," said one speaker.

More than 100 people gathered on Ponderosa Court under umbrellas and tents to give their support in the search for the missing 26-year-old from San Mateo. T-shirts with her photo on them were distributed to the crowd. A $40,000 reward was also announced for information to her whereabouts. Her cousin Kristin Dinh says they have done everything they can think of to help find her.

"We're putting out flyers there are billboards on all the freeways. We have mobilized, used Facebook groups with random complete strangers helping us out. Going door to door we talked to the media. We're exhausted," said Dinh.

Showing his exhaustion and emotional state, Michelle's father, Son Le, spoke about her desire to be a nurse like her deceased mother.

"She wants to follow in her mom's footsteps and become a nurse, partly to pay back to society giving her a chance to become somebody," said Son.

It was at a nurse mentoring program at Kaiser Hospital where she was last seen a week ago. Hayward police found her abandoned car where the candlelight vigil was held for her on Ponderosa Court. Police traced her cell phone with no results. Her brother Michael says his sister was not a person to just disappear.

Police say they have no suspects in Michelle's disappearance, but say a former best friend of Michelle's is a person of interest. Anyone with information is asked to contact Hayward police.


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