Breaking News: Police have arrested a former friend of missing Northern California nursing student Michelle Le, who went missing in late May from a San Francisco-area hospital she was working at. The suspect, Giselle Diwag Esteban, was arrested by Hayward police on suspicion of murder.
Giselle Diwag Esteban and Michelle Le were friends at a San Diego high school, but had a falling out at some point since. Esteban was named as a person of interest in June after video surveillance showed her at the hospital parking garage, where Le was last seen, before and after Le’s disappearance.
Lt. Roger Keener said Wednesday that police believe an assault happened at the parking garage, and that traces of Le's blood were found inside Esteban’s SUV, and on one of Esteban's shoes during a search warrant of Esteban's residence.
In June, Esteban told KGO-TV that she hated Le because the 26-year-old nursing student at Samuel Merritt University was friends with the father of Esteban's young daughter. Esteban contended that she had nothing to do with Le's disappearance, however.
Court documents also show that the man, who also had custody of his and Esteban’s daughter, was granted a restraining order against Esteban three days before Le went missing on May 27.
Le's body has still not been found after she went missing from Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward, California, but Kenner said he hopes Esteban will help lead police to her.
"The reality is, we don't have Michelle. That's a piece we are not going to close out on until we find her, until her location is known," Keener said at a news conference announcing the arrest. "The facts are some of those questions, such as how Michelle met her demise, may not be answered until Michelle is located."
Keener also said Wednesday they have not determined a possible motive, including a possible love triangle. "I don't know the answer to that question and I'm sure our investigators don't know the answer," Keener said. "That answer, I'm assuming, may only be answered by Esteban herself."