In two days Annie Le was supposed to be standing at the altar. But instead of helping prepare for the wedding, her family and friends joined the search for the missing Yale grad student. She was last seen walking into a research laboratory around 10 a.m.
Tuesday. But she later disappeared, leaving her purse and other belongings behind.
Now New Haven, Conn., police — who have been joined by the FBI — are trying to determine whether Le was the victim or a crime or if she simply got cold feet.
Her friends describe the petite woman as smart, pretty and conscientious. Le is a 4-foot-11-inch Asian female with shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes. She weighs 90 pounds.
Le’s friend Tara Bancroft said Le had “a lot of good friends, a wonderful fiance she’s going to marry on Sunday. We all love her a lot.”
Le’s Facebook page shows the 24-year-old student posing in wedding dresses and smiling with fiance Jonathan Widawsky, a Columbia University graduate student in physics whom she described as her best friend.”He’s an amazing kid, just a wonderful, wonderful boy and he must be heartbroken,” Widawsky’s friend Linda Matychack said.
“I just can’t imagine.” Investigators have combed the lab and sorted through Dumpsters looking for clues . Le’s face now graces an electronic billboard along Connecticut’s Interstate 91.