Police arrest friend in death of Northern Calif. nursing student - San Diego, California News Station - KFMB Channel 8 - cbs8.com

Police arrest friend in death of Northern Calif. nursing student

Posted: Updated:
In this photo provided by Hayward Police Department of booking photo of Giselle Esteban, taken in Hayward, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. In this photo provided by Hayward Police Department of booking photo of Giselle Esteban, taken in Hayward, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.
Michael Le, left, brother of Michelle Le, and Krystine Dinh, right, cousin of Michelle Le, listen during a news conference at the Hayward Police Department in Hayward, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Michael Le, left, brother of Michelle Le, and Krystine Dinh, right, cousin of Michelle Le, listen during a news conference at the Hayward Police Department in Hayward, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.
Michael Le, left, brother of Michelle Le, and Krystine Dinh, right, cousin of Le, listen during a news conference at the Hayward Police Department as they listen to Lt. Roger Keener speak, in Hayward, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Michael Le, left, brother of Michelle Le, and Krystine Dinh, right, cousin of Le, listen during a news conference at the Hayward Police Department as they listen to Lt. Roger Keener speak, in Hayward, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011.

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A former high school friend of a missing Northern California nursing student has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said Wednesday.

Hayward police arrested Giselle Diwag Esteban in the death of 26-year-old Michelle Le, who was last seen more than three months ago leaving a San Francisco Bay area hospital where she was doing a clinical rotation. She had told colleagues she was going to her car and never returned, but her locked Honda SUV was later found a few blocks away.

Police said they found traces of Le's blood inside the SUV, as well as on one of Esteban's shoes. They said the 27-year-old Esteban had not been cooperating since her arrest Wednesday morning, but that they hoped she would eventually lead them to Le's body.

"The reality is, we don't have Michelle. That's a piece we are not going to close out on until we find her, until her location is known," Lt. Roger Keener said at a news conference announcing the arrest. "The facts of some of that, such as how Michelle met her demise, can't be known until Michelle is located."

Investigators named Esteban as a person of interest in June, questioned her and searched her Union City apartment. The two women had been friends at a San Diego high school.

Esteban told San Francisco television station KGO-TV at the time that she hated Le because she was friends with the father of Esteban's young daughter. But Esteban said she had nothing to do with Le's disappearance.

Court records show that Esteban's ex-boyfriend, who had custody of their daughter, was granted a restraining order against her three days before Le's May 27 disappearance, according to KGO.

Authorities classified Le's disappearance as a homicide this summer based on forensic evidence from Le's vehicle, surveillance footage outside the hospital, cellphone records and evidence collected during search warrants.

But Le's family members offered a $100,000 reward for her return or for information on her whereabouts and conducted numerous searches for her, holding out hope she would be found alive.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

 

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Court rules against plan to fund convention center expansion

    Court rules against plan to fund convention center expansion

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:28 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:28:40 GMT
    Just a week after Comic-Con International, San Diego's bid to keep the huge annual trade show in town was dealt a severe setback Friday when a state appellate court struck down the mechanism being used to fund a $520 million expansion of the convention center. 
    Just a week after Comic-Con International, San Diego's bid to keep the huge annual trade show in town was dealt a severe setback Friday when a state appellate court struck down the mechanism being used to fund a $520 million expansion of the convention center. 
  • Man accused in bogus charitable website faces judge

    Man accused in bogus charitable website faces judge

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:16:35 GMT
    A man accused of trying to bilk charitable people via a bogus website soliciting monetary contributions for the family of an Escondido police officer killed in an alleged domestic shooting pleaded not guilty Friday to nine felony charges, including forgery. 
    A man accused of trying to bilk charitable people via a bogus website soliciting monetary contributions for the family of an Escondido police officer killed in an alleged domestic shooting pleaded not guilty Friday to nine felony charges, including forgery. 
  • Not guilty plea from man accused in El Cajon road rage assault

    Not guilty plea from man accused in El Cajon road rage assault

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:16 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:16:11 GMT
    A La Mesa resident accused of severely beating a 76-year-old man during a road-rage confrontation outside an East County drugstore, leaving him with injuries that required several rounds of surgery, pleaded not guilty Friday to elder abuse and assault charges. 
    A La Mesa resident accused of severely beating a 76-year-old man during a road-rage confrontation outside an East County drugstore, leaving him with injuries that required several rounds of surgery, pleaded not guilty Friday to elder abuse and assault charges. 
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.