Was That Annie Le’s Killer?

by Paul Bass | September 15, 2009 1:41 PM | | Comments (4)

A stranger held open the door for her. He seemed odd — and he had blood on his shirt.

It could well have been a coincidence. But the encounter inside the garage at 10 Amistad St. spooked her.

When she later learned that it happened the same day that murdered graduate student Annie Le went missing — she knew it was time to call the cops.

She ended up telling her story to the FBI. In a conversation during her lunch break Tuesday, she told it again to the Independent.

The woman (who asked to remain anonymous) works in a Yale medical building on Cedar Street, right by the laboratory building at 10 Amistad where state cops Sunday found the remains of Le, a 24 year-old pharmacology graduate student.

She parks in a garage attached to the modern Amistad building. You need a Yale magnetic ID card to get in.

She headed there last Tuesday around 5:25 p.m. after finishing work.

“I was walking into the garage. This man was holding the door for me,” she recalled. She noticed that she had never seen him before. And she noticed blood on his shirt.

Not a lot of blood.

“The spot was about the size of a quarter or a half dollar maybe. It was on the lower front,” she said. “At the time I thought it was strange. And I thought, ‘Ewwww.’”

She described the man as being white and of “medium build.” He wore glasses and had reddish brown hair.

“I said, ‘Thank you.’ He said, ‘Any time,’” she said.

Something about his response struck her as “weird.” She “walked very fast” to the car and tried not to think about it again.

On Thursday she and a coworker were talking about safety in the medical area. Her friend said she feels nervous sometimes. She said she generally doesn’t. “Oh yeah,” she added. “I did get creeped out by that guy” at the garage on Tuesday afternoon.

She started thinking — Tuesday was the day Annie Le went missing. At home that night she read more about the case in the newspaper. She thought more. It was still a possible missing person investigation.

By Friday she decided to call the Yale cops, just in case. She told them what happened. An FBI agent called her back to discuss what happened. She told him the whole story.

She hasn’t heard from the FBI since. She has no idea whether or not the door-opener was Annie Le’s killer.

She is wondering — and noticing how the case has unsettled people who work in the medical area.

“It’s just upsetting,” said the woman, who’s 33 and lives in New Haven, “the fact that she went missing and she was in the very building that we all park our cars in all there.”

She made a decision: to put the incident in perspective.

“I don’t want it to cause me to lose my life in a paranoid way,” she concluded. “It’s just an isolated incident with this person who obviously has issues. The fact that it happened in the middle of the workday with so many people around and security cameras — I either have to live my life paranoid at all times, or I have to do the best I can and take care of myself, and stay calm and not overreact.”

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Posted by: n | September 15, 2009 2:17 PM

Good for her to consult with the FBI. Could the blood on his shirt come from animals in the lab?

Posted by: Tina Ugas | September 15, 2009 5:35 PM

Maybe this woman was correct to assume that there was something wrong with this guy. Perhaps her instincts and observations were correct and he was the killer.

She will only know if they find the killer. Right now they can't even say it was a man who killed Annie.

Posted by: curious | September 16, 2009 10:02 PM

if this woman was an anonymous informant to cops, then how did the NHI know to talk to her?

Posted by: Carolion | September 17, 2009 8:47 AM

Now that the primary suspect's picture has been released to the public... Same dude?

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