NEW HAVEN ——The fiancée of an animal lab technician accused of killing Yale University graduate student Annie Le submitted saliva samples to police late last year after she was served with a search warrant, her attorney said.
The warrant, obtained by police Nov. 25 and made public Monday, sought samples from Jennifer Hromadka to compare her DNA profile with evidence found at the crime scene. Her attorney, Robert Berke, said police had not contacted him since the warrant was issued. He said he did not know the outcome of the tests.
Prosecutor John Waddock declined to comment on the case Monday, as did Beth Merkin, Clark's public defender.
Hromadka lived in a Middletown apartment with Raymond Clark III, a 24-year-old lab technician from Middletown who is accused of killing Le.
Le's body was found last September concealed behind a wall in the basement of the Yale Animal Research Center at 10 Amistad St., a research building that is part of the Yale School of Medicine complex where Clark worked and Le did research. Hromadka, also an animal lab technician, worked at the Yale Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine and sometimes worked in the same building where Le and Clark worked.
Le was reported missing Sept. 8. Investigators searched the basement of the Amistad Street building for days before finding her body on Sept. 13, the day she had been scheduled to be married.
Investigators searched the couple's Middletown apartment on Sept. 16 and found a lanyard with a name tag bearing Hromadka's name. They analyzed the DNA on the lanyard and compared it with DNA found on a pen cap and a sock found near Le's body. Scientists tested "blood-like" stains found on the sock and a swab sample taken from the pen. The warrant described the results of the analysis as "a mixture."
A report on the testing of the lanyard showed "the findings of a single female DNA profile obtained from the neck area of the lanyard which has Jennifer Hromadka's identification card attached and the results of a comparison of that lanyard to other pieces of evidence described as a pen and a sock, both of which were located within the wall cavity where Annie Le's lifeless body was found," the search warrant said.
Scientists testing the samples told police "that an object consistently or routinely worn by an individual is expected to generate a DNA profile from that individual," the warrant said.
To confirm that the DNA on the lanyard belonged to Hromadka, the warrant says, investigators needed to compare it with Hromadka's DNA.
"Obtaining [mouth] swabs from Jennifer Hromadka will either prove or disprove whether or not Jennifer Hromadka is the single source of said DNA profile obtained from the lanyard, the sock and the pen," the warrant says. "Obtaining a confirmatory DNA sample from the source of the DNA found in these items will help investigators prove or disprove any involvement Jennifer Hromadka may have had in the murder of Annie Le."
The search warrant released Monday was the last of the warrants issued to investigate Le's slaying.