Contrary to media reports that New Haven police are on the verge of arresting a suspect in the murder of Yale graduate student Annie Le police there announced Tuesday that no arrest is imminent.
“As of right now there is no arrest and no anticipated arrest,” Officer Joseph Avery told reporters Tuesday morning.
Avery specifically denied reports that the department has zeroed in on a Yale lab technician who was said to have had defensive wounds on his chest and to have failed a polygraph test.
“The media in general made up the fact that we have someone in custody,” he said. Asked if the press coverage has had an impact on the investigation, Avery replied, “God I hope not.”
On Sunday, the body of Le, 24, was found stuffed behind a basement wall in a campus research building after she went missing last week, only days before her wedding was to take place. According to the New Haven Register, police are focusing on a lab technician who worked in the same building as Le.
The technician had scratches on his chest and failed an FBI lie-detector test, according to the Register. During questioning, he stopped cooperating and asked for a lawyer. The man is under surveillance, the newspaper reported.
An official cause of death for Le hasn’t been released yet in order to “facilitate the investigation,” the coroner’s office said.
• Reporting By BRIAN BRAIKER