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Yale student disappears before Long Island wedding

Yale University graduate student Annie Le

Yale University graduate student Annie Le Credit: Yale University

Local police officials and the FBI have launched an intensive search for a Yale University graduate student who apparently disappeared just days before she was set to marry a Huntington man this weekend.

PHOTOS: Yale student disappears before LI wedding

Authorities say Annie Le was last seen on Tuesday morning at a Yale research lab.

The 24-year-old doctoral student in pharmacology has not contacted friends, family or colleagues since then, according to The Associated Press.

She is to wed Huntington native Jonathan Widawsky, a Columbia University graduate student in physics, at the North Ritz Club in Syosset on Sunday morning, according to a neighbor who is invited to the ceremony.

“I heard she was a nice girl and very much in love with him , and he with her,” said Lucille Mayer, who lives next door to the Widawsky family on Bittersweet Place in Huntington.

No one answered the door at the Widawsky home Thursday night, and Jonathan Widawsky could not be reached for comment. Yale officials told the Yale Daily News Widawsky is in New Haven, cooperating with authorities investigating Le’s disappearance.

Entries on her Facebook page indicated a young woman excited about her upcoming wedding, the New Haven Register reported. “Lucky I’m in love with my best friend,” Le posted.

Le swiped her university identification card to enter the lab building about 10 a.m., but left her purse, cell phone, credit cards and cash in her office, located in another Yale building about three blocks away, the Yale Daily News reported. The university stepped up security in that building yesterday, according to published reports.

Tom Conroy, a Yale spokesman, told the Register last night that “there’s no evidence . . . at this time” of foul play in Le’s disappearance.

State police used bloodhounds to search the area where Le was last seen, and the FBI was assisting the investigation, Yale Police Chief James Perotti told the AP. Authorities also are reviewing images from closed-circuit cameras.

“It’s an intense, ongoing investigation,” Yale spokeswoman Dorie Baker told the Hartford Courant.

Yale University police officers handed out fliers with Le’s picture and when she was last seen. Posters were hung at the entrances to medical school buildings and a digital billboard on Interstate 91 southbound, near the New Haven city line, featured a photo of Le and a police tip line phone number, the Register reported.

Le, originally from Placerville, Calif., met Widawsky when they were undergraduates at the University of Rochester, according to published reports.

She was a lively, hardworking student then, according to her mentor, Rocky Tuan, who supervised a highly selective National Institutes of Health undergraduate scholars program.

“She was a very happy person,” Tuan told the Register. “Everybody got along with her. She’s always smiling, laughing.”

Le, 4-foot-11 and weighing 90 pounds, was last seen wearing a brown skirt, green short-sleeved T-shirt, brown shoes and a brown necklace.

PHOTOS: Yale student disappears before LI wedding

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