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Family keeps hope for missing California student

Family keeps hope for missing California student
Photo of Michelle Le released by Hayward Police Department.

HAYWARD, Calif., June 20 (UPI) -- Members of the family of a missing California nursing student say they are holding out hope she is alive even though police say they believe she is dead.

Michelle Le, 26, grew up in San Diego County and moved to the Bay Area to attend college and nursing school. She disappeared from Hayward, Calif., May 27.

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"We wake up each morning and think, 'What can we do today to keep her story alive?'" Krystine Dinh, 23, a cousin of the missing woman, told the Los Angeles Times.

"We don't do anything normal anymore."

Le's family and friends have put up billboards, started a Web site and offered a $65,000 reward for information about her whereabouts.

Le was training at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hayward the night she disappeared, telling co-workers she was going to retrieve something from her car in the hospital parking structure.

Le's locked car, with bloodstains and her laptop inside, was later found about three blocks from the hospital.

Police say video from the garage, her cellphone records and searches suggest Le was killed by someone she knew.

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