Raymond Clark III “Ray” has been working as an animal tech where Yale student Annie Le’s body was found. Police have arrested Clark after he failed lie detector tests. Raymond Clark III was said to have an “unrequited love interest” in Annie Le, although he was engaged to Jennifer Hromadka. Read more on this story below.
Ray Clark was questioned repeatedly and failed lie detector tests, finally asking for his lawyer. Police also are said to have found scratch marks on Clark’s chest, possibly from a struggle he had with Annie Le.
It was neighbors actually who reportedly said that they last saw Ray Clark and his girlfriend, Jennifer Hromadka around Sunday when Annie’s body was found in the lab.
Neighbors hung over their railings and even cheered as Raymond Clark, 24, dressed in white shirt, was handcuffed and led from his apartment building in Middletown, Connecticut.
Police then went back to the apartment to search it for DNA and other physical evidence that would connect him to the murder of Annie Le, 24, who disappeared on September 8.
James Lewis, the New Haven Chief of Police, said that officers were hoping to compare DNA taken from Mr Clark to more than 150 pieces of evidence collected from the crime scene.
“We’re going to be making sure there’s not other suspects out there,” Mr Lewis said.
Investigators began watching Raymond Clark’s home on Monday, a day after they discovered Ms Le’s body hidden in the basement of a research building at the medical school of the university.
The animal laboratory technician worked at the same laboratory as Annie Le and had access to the basement area where her body was discovered stuffed into a wall duct on Sunday, which was to be her wedding day. Annie vanished after swiping her ID card to enter the university laboratory. Police also found blood-stained clothing stuffed above a ceiling tile that is believed to belong to the killer.
Law enforcement sources say that Clark, who was also engaged, had an “unrequited love interest” in Annie Le, 24.
Ray Clark shares an apartment with his fiance, Jennifer Hromadka, whom he planned to marry in December 2011, according to the couple’s incomplete wedding web site.
On the unfinished wedding website of Hromadka and Clark, she describes her boyfriend as “a bit naive, doesn’t always use the best judgement, definitly [sic] is not the best judge of character but, he is a good guy.” She adds: “He has a big heart and tries to see the best in people ALL THE TIME! He thinks everyone deserves a second chance.”
Clark moved to Middletown,20 miles from New Haven six months ago, according to a former neighbur Taylor Goodwin, 16. “I never really talked to him much, he was just some guy,” he said.
The Le family issued a statement through a family friend, the Reverend Dennis Smith, thanking friends and the Yale community for their support . “The entire Yale community as well as our extended families and friends have been very supportive, helpful and caring,” said the Reverend Smith, speaking for the family. “Our loss would have been immeasurably more difficult to cope with without their support.”
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