09/12/2009 at 05:00 PM EDT
A body believed to be that of a Yale student missing since Tuesday
has been found on the campus of the Ivy League university in New Haven, Conn.
"We did locate the remains of a human ... We are assuming that it is her at this time," New Haven assistant police chief Peter Reichard told reporters Sunday. Police are treating the death as a homicide.
Annie Marie Le, 24, a doctoral student in pharmacology, was last seen Sept. 8 on surveillance video taken outside the lab where she conducted research. She was seen entering the building, but not leaving.
Her Sunday wedding to Jonathan Widawsky, a graduate student at Columbia University whom she met when both were students at the University of Rochester, was canceled on Saturday by Le's family.
State police with bloodhounds had earlier combed the area where Le – whose purse, cell phone and credit cards were found in her office – was last seen, while a team of investigators from the FBI was spotted entering and removing a bag of items from her apartment.
The Yale Police Department began searching for Le, who is described as 4-foot-11 and 90 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes, Tuesday night between 9 and 10 p.m., according to the Yale Daily News
, immediately after her roommate reported her missing.