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Rick Leventhal

New York, NY

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Cops: “I Didn’t Say There are No Suspects”

September 15, 2009 - 3:18 PM | by: Rick Leventhal

UPDATE:

Medical Examiner Comments on Annie Le:

“Police departments conducting a joint investigation of the death of Annie M Le and the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office have requested that in order to facilitate their investigation the cause of death is not to be released at this time.”

-as read to Senior Correspondent Rick Leventhal by an employee of the Connecticut State Chief Medical Examiner’s Office

Shortly before 11am the spokesman for the New Haven Police Department Joe Avery gave an off-camera briefing to the press gathered on the front steps of police HQ. He refused to confirm widespread media reports that a Yale lab technician is the prime suspect, has scratch wounds on his chest and failed a lie detector test. Avery says there is “no arrest planned” and “no arrests imminent”. When asked if it’s possible, he says “anything’s possible.”

When asked if he’s saying there are no suspects Avery says “I didn’t say there are no suspects” and when I ask if all the media stories identifying the lab tech as the prime suspect are affecting the investigation in any way, he says “God I hope not.”

Meanwhile the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Connecticut will release Annie Le’s cause of death at 3pm. Monday the ME confirmed the body recovered from a wall in the basement of the lab building at 10 Amistad St. is in fact Annie Le and that the manner of death was homicide. Her body was stuffed in a utility closet of sorts called a “chase” that carries cables and pipes between floors, accessible thru a panel.

The M.E. withheld the cause of death, saying the office didn’t want to hamper the homicide investigation. Apparently the office is now comfortable releasing that information this afternoon.

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