CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Police said they found a body while searching a property in northeast Charlotte for a woman who, along with two coworkers, has been at the center of a missing persons case over the past week.
Just before 4 p.m. Wednesday, officials said that a body had been found during a search for 23-year-old Tru Quan “Sandy” Le on the 11800 block of Plaza Road Extension, near I-485.
Police have not released many details about the discovery, or what led them to search the area for Le. They have not said whether the body that was found is believed to be the missing woman.
“We’ll be working with the medical examiner to determine the actual identity of the body,” Deputy Chief Doug Gallant said.
Le’s family was seen driving up to the command post Wednesday afternoon. A family friend, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke briefly to WBTV.
“This is such a great loss because I know her family. They’re all going to miss her,” the woman said.
According to her Facebook, Le recently graduated from Queens University with a degree in interdisciplinary health services.
“She’s just full of life and just loving a very loving person you could tell that. She would walk into a room and everybody would light up,” she said.
The investigation began on August 10, when Le was reported missing. The next day, 17-year-old Alexandro Castillo and 19-year-old Ahmia Feaster were reported missing as well. Police immediately called the disappearances “suspicious.”
They all worked at Showmar’s on Little Rock Road.
Police said Castillo was picked up by Feaster on Thursday, August 11. Both were reported missing by their families the next day. Feaster’s Dodge Caliber was found the next day, Saturday morning.
A private investigator told WBTV Feaster and Castillo called their families Saturday night to tell them they were safe. The families did not know where were. Police said the next day that Le’s car had been recovered in Phoenix, AZ, and that Castillo and Feaster were believed to be in Mexico.
“We’re still working through the FBI. They’re still working on that end with us,”Gallant said.
Police said during a press conference Monday that the case was being investigated as a homicide.
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information in the case.