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$65K Pledge in the Search for missing Samuel Merritt University student Michelle Le

Samuel Merritt University

Media Relations Contact:
Elizabeth Valente, 510.725.7980
evalente@samuelmerritt.edu

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2011

$65K Pledge in the Search for missing Samuel Merritt University student Michelle Le

(Oakland, California, June 6, 2011) Samuel Merritt University (SMU) and a local private company are pledging a combined total of $45,000 for information that leads to Michelle Le's safe return. When Michelle is not taking classes at the University or doing clinical rotation at local hospitals, she has been working part-time as an accounting clerk with Turner Construction Company. She has been with the company for five years.

"Our family members are incredibly thankful for this donation and appreciative of Samuel Merritt University and Turner Construction," says Michael Le, brother of Michelle Le. "One-hundred percent of the funds will be used towards finding Michelle and keeping the spirit of her search alive. From flyers and t-shirts to billboards and an increased reward amount, we will execute whatever it takes to bring her home."

As of today, the new award amount for information to Michelle's whereabouts is $65,000. No other public assistance or donations have been received outside of the family and these two organizations.

Michelle, 26, went missing more than a week ago from the parking garage at the Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center. Michelle was on clinical rotation with fellow classmates at the hospital the night of her disappearance, May 27. The entire Samuel Merritt University community and the Turner Construction family are deeply concerned.

"This is an emotional time for all of us and we doing what we can to help by putting out fliers, cooperating with the Hayward Police Department, and keeping her name out in the community," said Elizabeth Valente, SMU spokesperson. "Michelle is in the accelerated nursing program at SMU, she's halfway done with school. She's a bright, happy and caring person who loves to help others. She has a deep passion in becoming a nurse. Both the Samuel Merritt University community and Turner Construction Company remain hopeful that she is safe and will be located soon."

Hayward police continue to following up on all leads received from the community. Anyone with information that may help locate Michelle should contact Hayward Police Department at 510-293-7000.