Annie Le’s family is conducting its own investigation into Yale’s actions in investigating the disappearance and murder of the 24-year-old graduate student.
The investigator is also looking into whether there was any wrongdoing in hiring Raymond Clark, the man suspected of killing Le.
Le, of Placerville, California, was a graduate student at Yale when she disappeared on Sept. 8, 2009. Her body was found five days later, crammed into the wall of the Amistad building on the Ivy League campus.
Clark was arrested on Sept. 17 and charged with her murder.
Brian King, of the New York law firm Tacopina Seigel & Turano, is representing the Le family and said they have hired a private investigator to look into the timeline of events Yale police and security took from the moment they knew Le was missing to the moment her body was found, and whether they did enough.
The investigation is also looking into whether there was any negligence in hiring Clark, whether there was anything troubling in Clark’s past and whether Yale did a full criminal history check.
Soon after Clark was arrested, one of his former girlfriends came forward and told ABC’s Good Morning America that Clark would get very angry and "physical" with her, to the point where she was frightened, but she declined to elaborate on the alleged confrontations.
In 2003, when he was a senior at Branford High, police reportedly warned Clark to stay away from a girlfriend because he upset her so much when she tried to break up with him, the New Haven Independent reported.
Investigators will also look into whether nepotism was involved in hiring Clark. Clark’s one-time fiancé and some other family members also worked for the lab.
The investigation stems from concerns the Le family and their attorneys have raised, including the feeling that the school did not think quickly enough that Le was murdered and take steps like lock the building down soon enough.
King said they are not accusing Yale of anything, just looking into what was done or what should have been done.
Depending on what they find, there is the possibility a civil lawsuit could be filed, he said.
As Le’s family continues to mourn her death, they will be holding a private memorial in California to honor the woman whose life came to a tragic end on the Yale campus last year.