Michelle Hoang Thi Le Wiki – Michelle Hoang Thi Le Bio
Michelle Hoang Thi Le was a 26-year old nursing student who disappeared on May 27, 2011 from the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Hayward, California.
Le’s car was found the next morning around 9 am parked on Ponderosa Court, about half a mile from the medical center. Le grew up in San Diego County and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for college and nursing school at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. Wikipedia
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Her family put up billboards and offered a $65,000 reward for information about her whereabouts. Over the next four months at least eight volunteer search efforts were undertaken, some organized by the Klaas Kids Foundation, founded by Marc Klaas after his daughter Polly was kidnapped and murdered in 1993.
A variety of missing persons organizations joined in the searches. The eighth search found decomposed human remains in a remote canyon area on September 17. On September 19, 2011 the Alameda County coroner’s office positively identified the remains to be those of Michelle Le.
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Esteban and Le went to high school together in San Diego, California, and cell phone records showed that their cell phones “went in a similar way” after Le disappeared.
Esteban was arrested on September 7, 2011, and was charged with the murder of Le, although his body was not yet found. Officials at the time said there was sufficient evidence to convict Esteban.
The evidence came in the form of a security video confirming the existence of Esteban in the region where Le disappeared, as well as DNA in the blood stains in Le’s car and Esteban’s shoes.
Esteban claimed he was not guilty. He was convicted of first degree murder on 29 October 2012 and sentenced to 25 imprisonment.
Giselle Diwal Esteban Wikipedia suspected by police
Police suspected from the beginning that she had been killed by someone she knew. Giselle Diwal Esteban of Union City, California, a Filipino-American former friend of Le, was arrested on September 7 and charged with her murder, although a body had not yet been found at that time.
Authorities said that they had DNA evidence in the form of blood stains found in Le’s car and on Esteban’s shoe, and that security video footage confirmed Esteban’s presence in the area at the time Le disappeared.
Esteban allegedly blamed Le for ruining her relationship with her ex-boyfriend, with whom she had a child, but denied any involvement in Le’s disappearance. Esteban was indicted on a murder charge December 14, 2011. She entered a not-guilty plea. A trial date was set for September 17, 2012.
On October 29, 2012 a jury convicted Esteban of first-degree murder. At the December 10 sentencing, Esteban was given 25 years to life in prison.
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According to Patch.com, during Esteban’s sentencing, a judge warned her that she may never be paroled if she shows no remorse for the murder of her former friend.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jon Rolefson said that he had never seen any remorse from Esteban.
“I hope someday you can develop a sense of remorse because this was a crime with many victims,” the judge said, referring to Le’s family.
Prosecutors argued that Esteban murdered Le becaus e she believed that Le was in a relationship with Scott Marasigan, who was the father of Esteban’s daughter. Marasigan said that he was friends with Le, but he was unable to convince Esteban that he was no longer romantically involved with Le.
Troubling text messages sent to Marasigan by Esteban came out during the trial and included many threats to Le’s life.
Esteban’s attorney, Andrea Auer, did not argue that her client did not kill Le. Instead, she acknowledged that Esteban did kill her but argued that it was not first-degree murder and was instead voluntary manslaughter. She argued that Le provoked Esteban and then Esteban murdered her “in the heat of passion.”
The prosecution argued that Esteban had planned the murder months in advance and said they had tapes of Esteban “laughing and talking about killing people,” according to Daily Mail.
At the time of the murder, Esteban was pregnant, and she gave birth to her child in prison. Her first daughter was 6 years old at the time.