By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
Associated Press Writer
6:16 AM EST, December 11, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP)
John DiNello hasn't shown up for work in four days and hasn't been seen at his West Haven home in nearly three days, university spokesman Tom Conroy said late Thursday.
Police are treating the case as a missing person, not a criminal investigation, West Haven police Sgt. Martin Garcia said. The case is unrelated to that of the slain student, Annie Le, he said.
DiNello, 47, takes daily medication and doesn't have it with him, Garcia said.
The Yale Daily News reported DiNello works at the building where another lab technician, Raymond Clark III, is alleged to have strangled 24-year-old Le and stuffed her body behind a wall.
Conroy couldn't confirm that DiNello worked there. He said DiNello works for the Yale Animal Resources Center, which offers services in several campus buildings.
Le, of Placerville, Calif., vanished Sept. 8 from the medical school research building where she and Clark worked. Her body was found days later on the day she was supposed to get married on Long Island.
Clark has not entered a plea in the Le case, but his public defender has said he intends to plead not guilty.
DiNello's aunt Phylliss DiNello called him a marvelous kid who's "loved by all."
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