Police Raid Lab Tech’s Home and Collect DNA in Annie Le slaying

September 16, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Police have named a “person of interest, ” an animal research  lab technician Raymond Clark III of Middletown, in the slaying of Yale graduate student Annie Le. Investigators began staking out Clark’s apartment building Monday, a day after they discovered Le’s body hidden in the basement of the building where she worked, though it’s not been revealed whether he was the rumored suspect who failed a lie detector test.  Clark apparently had access to the highly secure basement laboratory where Annie Le worked.

Tuesday night, police and FBI agents stormed his apartment executing two search warrants, one for the home and one to obtain DNA samples from Clark.  While others have voluntarily given up their DNA samples, Clark, 24, who moved to Middletown six months ago was resistant.  Clark was handcuffed and escorted out of the Middletown apartment building and into a car, but police said he would be released after they obtained evidence from him and his apartment.  Authorities say it may take a day or longer to compare samples from Clark’s hair, fingernails and saliva to more than 150 pieces of DNA evidence collected from the crime scene.

Security systems and surveillance cameras captured everyone who had access to the tightly controlled basement laboratory where Le’s body was found stuffed into a wall, the school’s president has said.  Chief State Medical Examiner Wayne F. Carver did not release the cause of death, saying he didn’t want to affect the investigation, but earlier in the day, sources told the Hartford Courant that Le had been asphyxiated.

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