Statement from Samuel Merritt University regarding the disappearance of Michelle Le

Samuel Merritt University

Media Relations Contact:

Elizabeth Valente, 510.725.7980


May 30, 2011

Statement from Samuel Merritt University regarding the disappearance of Michelle Le

(Oakland, California, May 30, 2011) - The entire Samuel Merritt University community is deeply concerned about the disappearance of our nursing student Michelle Le.

Hayward Police continue to treat Michelle's disappearance as a missing person case.  She was last seen Friday evening after she did not return to the hospital from the parking garage at the Kaiser Permanente Hayward Medical Center.  The investigation is ongoing at this time.

The University staff remains in contact with Michelle's family and the Hayward Police Department. We continue to hope for the best in this difficult situation. The media has been of great support over the last several days.  The University and the Le family ask that the media continue to respect the family's privacy at this unbelievably difficult time.

Hayward police officers have interviewed family, friends, and other persons who may have relevant information. Police are 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.

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909. Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo. The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit

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