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The Story of Kidnapped Nurse Michelle Le from Hayward Kaiser, Ca.

Updated on May 16, 2013

UPDATE: Michelle Le's body found

UPDATE: 9-19-2011. With a heavy heart here is the update on Michelle Le: It was confirmed tonight that the body found Sat, on Verona Road in Sunol/Pleasanton area was Michelle's. May God give comfort to the family of Michelle - her brother Michael, cousin Krystine and all of Michelle Le's family and friends. They never gave up looking for her, not even after 7 searches, and their determination has brought Michelle home to be given a proper burial. Rest in peace Michelle. Justice will be served in your name, and you have left behind a legacy of love.

09-07-2011: The Hayward Police Department announced Wednesday that they have made an arrest in the case of Michelle Le, a nursing student who vanished over three months ago.Giselle Esteban, was arrested in Union City at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday morning. The charge was listed as 187, which is the code for murder, according to the inmate locator tracker for Alameda County.

Help! My co-worker Michelle Le is Missing

Several weeks ago I met nursing student Michelle Le in a patients room where I work at Kaiser Hospital in Hayward. It was just a brief encounter but I remember her flashing a brilliant smile while doing rounds with her fellow nursing students. I was taking baby photos (I work for Our 365 as a newborn baby photographer) - and the students were enchanted by me taking babies photos in the room.

It was only a brief encounter, but sadly the next time I saw was Michelle Le's brilliant smile was on the front of a missing persons poster. I was off for 3 days when Michelle went missing and it was Memorial Weekend. Details were sketchy as to what had happened to the young nursing student. The local news said she had gone to take a break around 7 pm, and walked to her car which was parked in the Sleepy Hollow Kaiser parking garage. She never returned from her break. She had taken her cell phone with her but left everything else at Kaiser, so it looked like to all intents and purposes that she had planned to come back. It was also divulged that Michelle was later planning a trip to Reno with a friend. The friend said she never heard back from Michelle Le, nor did she show up in Reno that weekend.

Her car was found the next day a couple blocks from Hayward Kaiser, parked in a residential area. Her laptop was found in the car and the local police said the car was left in a manner that suggested someone "cared about the car".

Fears started to emerge that something very bad had happened to Michelle, and the family and news media started intensive coverage - with news of Michelles odd disappearance traveling as far away as the east coast. A sense of foul play came to mind as her family described Michelle as a trustworthy,compassionate and responsible person.



Sleepy Hollow parking garage at Kaiser Hayward

This is a screenshot from a video of the Sleepy Hollow parking garage at Kaiser Hayward from where Michelle Le disappeared.
This is a screenshot from a video of the Sleepy Hollow parking garage at Kaiser Hayward from where Michelle Le disappeared. | Source

Two weeks have gone by since Michelle Le's disappearance

It has now been over 2 weeks since Michelle went missing and several new stories have emerged from the media and the Hayward Police Dept. Without the Hayward PD notifying the family, the news announced that Michelle Le's case was now considered a homicide and their efforts were now focused on recovery instead of finding Michelle Le alive. Needless to say, the family was shell-shocked. The police to this day have not given the family any kind of conclusive proof or theory as to why they consider Michelle Le dead versus alive. Instead they learned about this news in the mainstream media. Family and friends were urged not to send out searchers for Michelle nor divulge information.

Since hearing that dreadful news, the family has appeared on the news again to appeal to the public to keep hope alive that Michelle Le is not dead. They stress that she is out there and needs to be found. They say without definite proof of homicide they will not give up hope and will focus on finding Michelle alive. Michael Le, Michelle's only brother, has stated publicly that now is not the time to grieve but a time to focus on finding Michelle. Michael's heartfelt plea to help find his sister,and the fact that Michelle is a co-worker, motivated me to get involved in finding her. With the help of family members and supportive community,Michelle's case has managed to stay in the limelight.

At the bottom of this hub you will find links to resources that you can access to also help find Michelle. Besides the official website Michael Le has set up for his sister, there are also face-book pages with events for Michelle and even a link to Websleuths forum where creative brain-stormers put their heads together to help solve cases.

It takes a village to raise a child - and to find one

Since getting involved in Michelle's case I have had the sad pleasure of meeting many of Michelle's family. Since I am a local Hayward resident and co-worker of Michelle's, I have been able to help them in small ways, but this hub I consider probably one of the best things I could do to help the family get more coverage for Michelle. Please RSS this hub,and also link to Michelle's official missing persons website below. I will keep an area of this hub updated with new events planned in the search for Michelle and any updated news I deem appropriate to this hub. I will not publish all news (you can Google that) but I will link to any news that may help find Michelle, or news that gives any definite details on Michelle's disappearance

I have also had the pleasure to meet Mr.Mark Klass (Polly Klaas' father) last weekend at the flyer distribution for Michelle at the Hayward K-Mart parking lot (thanks to store manager Liz there for allowing this event) Mark Klass also has an organization that he has formed since the tragic abduction and murder of his daughter Polly Klass in 1993. That website is here and is also a good resource not only for Michelle but to help find other missing children.

Michelle Le is a nursing student

Michelle Le disappeared from the the sleepy hollow parking garage from Hayward Kaiser. She was last seen leaving for a break.
Michelle Le disappeared from the the sleepy hollow parking garage from Hayward Kaiser. She was last seen leaving for a break. | Source

The not knowing is the worst feeling

I was interviewed a few times on the news regarding Michelle (boy that was awkward - it's easier for me to write than to talk publicly) and one of the news reporters asked me if I had something similar to this happen in my own life. I said no but in retrospect I have lived a life full of anxiety regarding my missing brother, Although the circumstances are not even the same (my brother has schizophrenia), I have had to live for years at a time not knowing if my brother was dead or alive (he would disappear sometimes for as long as 8 years) The strain, fear and anxiety of not knowing his whereabouts took a big toll on not only me but on the health of our entire family, especially our mother and father ( I can't imagine what Michelle Le's family must be feeling, not knowing where Michelle is and what happened to her)

I also have kids that are Michelle's age and the thought of one of them disappearing like this gives me a sense of urgency to help Michelle's family bring her home.

If anyone reading this knows the whereabouts of Michelle Le or has any tips, please contact the Hayward Police Dept. tip line for missing person Michelle Le at 510-293-5051 . Even small details could mean something, and if the kidnapper of Michelle is reading this, please let Michelle go. She does not nor ever deserved this. She has a dream of becoming a nurse and helping others, Please let her go and let others be helped through her. No matter what the circumstances, you now have the chance to do the right thing and let her go. Let her family know where she is so they can be at peace. And if you are reading this Michelle, we are looking for you. Don't give up.

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer and writes on a broad variety of subjects. This hub is dedicated to Michelle Le, her brother Michael Le, her extended family and cousins, friends and and co-workers.Thank you to the community for playing such an active part in helping bring Michelle home. If you are a praying person please pray for Michelle's return. This family needs closure - and hopefully it will be her coming home alive to those that love her (And please vote in the poll about Michelle - I am researching how using HubPages can help find missing people. This could be of big use for families of missing people in the future (Please RSS this hub and feel free to join my reader/fan club above for future articles)

Giselle Esteban arrested for murder of Michelle Le

An arrest has been made in the slaying of nursing student Michelle Le, more than three months after she vanished from a Hayward parking garage, police said today.

Hayward police declined to provide details pending an afternoon news conference. But Alameda County jail records show that Hayward police arrested Giselle Esteban, 27, of Union City on suspicion of murder this morning. She is being held without bail.

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  • Earth Angel profile image

    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Our continued prayers to Michelle and her family that they all be healthy and happily reunited as soon as possible . . .

    Writing a Hub is a brilliant idea Dorsi . . . Since HubPages is headquartered in San Francisco, not that many miles from Hayward . . . With hundreds, if not thousands of Hubbers in the vacinity . . .

    Again, our group of Ministers will continue to pray for safe and peaceful resolution to this mysterious disappearance . . .

    Blessings always, Earth Angel . . .

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    Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

    Add my prayers to yours, Earth Angel.

    Why cannot good people be left alone to live? No matter - best hopes for finding her!

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    anglnwu 6 years ago

    It's good that you're getting the word out. I saw a news coverage about her some time back. My heart goes out to her family and we hope Michelle comes back safely.

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Earth Angel) Thank you for your prayers. Hopefully this family will have some good news soon.

    @Patty) Thank-you. I just don't get it - Michelle was going to live a life of helping people and someone did this to her. Just awful.

    @anginwu) Thanks - it's the least I could do. The more coverage the better. Thanks for reading.

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Continued blessings and prayers to Michelle, the Le family, friends and extended family . . . I'm from SF and a dear friend called me this morning (not knowing we are following this through you Dorsi) asking our group of sixteen ministers and their congregations to pray for Michelle . . . Sending positive energy in Michelle's direction, asking the Divine for information leading to her whereabouts, praying Spirit keeps her safe and from serious harm . . . Always, Earth Angel . . .

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    Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

    Hi Dorsi,sending out prayers for Michelle and her family, that she will be found safe and soon .

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    Natalie Watson 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Very sad. I'd be looking into ex boyfriends as an avenue of interest, but I'm sure the Feds are all over it.

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    Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

    A sad and tretful story indeed. Hope they will find her soon -- unharmed.

  • Earth Angel profile image

    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Hi Dorsi,

    Thank you for the update, albeit without the good news everyone is praying for . . .

    Might I suggest your updates go in BOTH the body of your Hub AND here in the Comments section? Updates in the body of your Hub allows us to check back with you from time to time; updates in the Comments section automatically sends out email alerts to everyone who lovingly follows your writing . . . and this unsettling mystery . . .

    Continued blessings for Michelle and her family . . .

    Blessings to you and yours always, Earth Angel . . .

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    UPDATES: 7/20/2011: Le Family Releases Statement on Latest Search Efforts

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @EarthAngel) Thank you. Posting that you are all praying really made my day...all that positive energy. And thanks for the update idea - I've posted here in the comments and also in the body of the hub.

    @kashmir) Thank-you my friend.

    @businesstrader) I know one POI is an ex-friend of Michelle's, and it did involve a man, although I don't think he has anything to do with Michelle's disappearance.

    @hello,hello) Thank you. You always have such encouraging things to say. Glad you stopped by.

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    CASE1WORKER 6 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

    It is so sad- i do hope she is found - and good that you are using your skills to put the word out world wide

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area


    My family is holding another search party for Michelle Le this Saturday 6/25 from 8AM-5PM. We are in need of food donations to provide lunch for the volunteers. I am hoping at least 80-100 people show up. The command center is at the same location as before (23530 Cypress Ave, Hayward). If anyone would like to come help us search or donate food, that would be amazing.

    @Caseworker) Thanks.

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    Sun-Girl 6 years ago from Nigeria

    Nice info, well shared and properly written.

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    As the weeks go by the mainstream media is covering Michelle's disappearance less and less. We can all do something here that is simple to keep Michelle's disappearance viral on the internet. Whenever you read a local article make sure you tweet it on your twitter account and share it on your Facebook page. You can also share it with any other social sites you use. This is very important.

    Share Michelle's official site with your friends. Ask them to help spread the word.

    Share the latest news (Patch has been awesome about keeping Michelle's disappearance in the news)

    Join Websleuths and help in the search and brainstorm about Michelle's disappearance here:

    There is also a new blog here about a POI in this case where you can also make comments. The information here was gathered using public records:

    And if you are on Facebook search Michelle Le and you will find the groups for Michelle. One of them is ran by the family.

    Sharing these links will help keep Michelle's case in the news and on peoples minds, This is important and something everyone can do that is a simple way to help Michelle and her family.

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Thank you so much Dorsi for the update AND the good tips for how each of us can help! Blessings to you wonderful soul! Blessings of strength, safety and a positive outcome for Michelle and the entire Le family! Earth Angel!

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    C-Bless 6 years ago from Canada

    Thank you for bringing this heart-wrenching story to our attention. Prayerfully, ministering angels are protecting and comforting Michelle until she's found. Please continue to forward updates.

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    Connie Smith 6 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

    So sad to read this, Dorsi. It is bad enough to read this in the news, but so traumatic when you actually know the victim. It makes it so personal. I applaud your efforts to keep her disappearance fresh in the media and pray for a safe homecoming for Michelle. She is a beautiful girl and my heart aches for her family.

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Earth Angel) Thank you. Please keep tweeting any news on Michelle's disappearance. The media attention is dying down on her story. Thanks for your support.

    @C-Bless) Thank you.

    @Connie) Thank you Connie and God Bless you and your family. Thinking of you and Lexi and sending prayers your way too.

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Anything new? Did the search last weekend turn up any new leads? Prayers continue! Blessings, Earth Angel

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Nothing yet Earth Angel. The family plans on doing some smaller searches. I am hoping the Hayward PD is working the case hard because there is a POI that is highly suspect. I hope that they are watching her every move and gathering good info from the FBI forensics tests that are being conducted in evidence they found. From what I've read about this person she was arrested for kidnapping re: this case and her home was searched twice, and computers were removed from her home along with other items. You can read more about this POI here:

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    dph 6 years ago

    What's the most popular theory?

    Should we assume her attacker laid in waiting and then incapacitated her in some way? At that point maybe the perp. took her and Le's car to nearby street to transfer into another getaway car then drove all over town(s) to confuse the cell phone pings. I guess body could be anywhere.

    Also didn't GE's house get searched the same day Le case was declared a homicide?

    Also who was she going to Reno with?

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    Earth Angel 6 years ago

    Blessings Dorsi,

    Was Michelle Le's case determined a "homicide" as dph indicates above . . . ?? That's more than disturbing . . . We are still holding in prayers that she will be found alive . . . Please keep us posted . . .

    Blessings always, Earth Angel . . .

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    Dorsi Diaz 6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @dph) We are only getting bits and pieces of the puzzle and I want to believe that Michelle is still alive. I wonder what "conclusive" evidence the HPD is basing her "homicide" on??....

    @Earth Angel) The HPD said they believed it was homicide but are not saying exactly why. An earlier report said they believe she was killed in the parking garage? But there is no other information available to the public other than that...

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    Mico Sam 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

    She is a pretty girl and if she sees her ads she needs to return back, a lot of times the girls have a problem with the family and they go missing themselves.

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    UPDATE: Help Find Michelle Le!!

    Help search for Michelle this weekend:

    Saturday, September 17 · 8:00am - 5:00pm

    Location: 25350 Cypress Ave, Hayward CA

    There is also a search on Friday.Please come and encourage your friends to attend also. We really need as much help as we can get. With more volunteers, we can search more areas and search them thoroughly. PLEASE help bring Michelle home.Volunteers who come in the morning will register and be the first batch of volunteers to go out to the field for couple hours.

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    Connie Smith 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

    Hi Dorsi, thinking of you and Michelle's family as I saw this morning that a body was discovered that might possibly be Michelle. My heart aches for the family and for all the wonderful people like you who have gotten involved in the search for her. Our heart's desire is for her to come home safely, but unfortunately, it doesn't look like it is happening. {{hugs}} to you from Florida.

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Hi again Connie) Yes we are waiting to find out if the body is Michelle. I hope so for the families sake. They have come to terms that Michelle is probably no longer with us. At least this would close one chapter for them, finding her and bringing her home for a proper burial. Then the trial, which I'm sure will be so very hard on them, God Bless them all.

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    Earth Angel 5 years ago

    Hello Again Dorsi . . . All our hearts are with the family in this senseless loss . . . Such a tradegy . . . We were all hoping against hope that things might turn out differently . . . Although the body has not been positively identified, I imagine Lee's clothing gave them a fairly good indication as to the loss of their beloved . . . Such a shining light gone far too soon in a world that so desperately needs more of Michelle's quality . . . Blessings always, Earth Angel . . .

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Earth Angel) Thank you for following Michelle's story. Such a beautiful loving girl taken much too soon. We can only pray now for comfort for Michelle Le's family, and that justice is served for this horrific crime.

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