Raymond Clark Is Only Suspect in Yale Murder Case

Police investigating the killing of Yale graduate student Annie Le are still collecting evidence, including a Ford Taurus they towed from a motel overnight, but they say everything they have seen points to one suspect in the strangling -- 24-year-old Yale lab technician Ray Clark.

New Haven, Conn., Police Chief James Lewis told ABC New's New Haven affiliate WTNH-TV that investigators are not actively looking for any other suspects in the case at this time.

"There's no second arrest pending," Lewis told ABC.

VIDEO: The lab tech and accused murderer has a history of clashing with people at work.
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Some have speculated that other suspects might be involved in the murder because Clark's fiancee, sister and brother-in-law all work at Yale, all at 10 Amistad St., where police say Le was killed.

Still, investigators still have not found a motive behind the killing of the young woman, whose body was found on Sept. 13 -- the day she had been supposed to get married.

VIDEO: Police arrest Ray Clark for the murde of Annie Le.
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"The only person who knows the motive is the suspect," Lewis said. "It's true in many cases. You never know absolutely unless the person confesses, and in this case it's too early to tell."

Friends and co-workers have called Clark a "control freak" who was territorial about the mice whose cages he cleaned. Investigators are looking at whether that attitude may have contributed to an argument between Le and Clark.

Clark was tailed by the city's narcotics police for several days before his arrest at a Motel 8 in Cromwell, Conn., on Sept. 17. The suspect was playing a softball game on the day that Le's body was found crammed in the Yale lab wall.

VIDEO: Police hope to compare DNA from Ray Clark to more than 250 pieces of evidence.
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Police found DNA of both the Clark and Le in the ceiling and in the wall recess, an official told the Hartford Courant newspaper.

New Haven police would not tell ABCNews.com who owned the car towed from the motel, but a state trooper confirmed to The Associated Press that the seizure was related to Clark's arrest.

Clark's father, Raymond Clark III, had checked in to the motel before his son was arrested, but it was unclear whether he was still living there, according to the AP. He is divorced from the suspects mother, Diane Clark.

Clark, whose bond was set at $3 million and who did not enter a plea, is being held at a maximum security facility.

Sources told ABC News that Clark refused to be interviewed by authorities.

Investigators have gathered more than 250 pieces of evidence in the case, sources told ABC News, including text messages exchanged between Clark and Le arranging to meet on the day she disappeared.

Clark was taken into custody by police early Thursday after investigators stood vigil all night outside the Super 8 motel in Cromwell, where the suspect had retreated to room 214 on Wednesday. Earlier Wednesday, police had taken DNA samples from Clark, searched his apartment and then let him go.

A convoy of police and FBI cars pulled into the motel parking lot with lights flashing about 8:20 a.m., while others blocked off the intersection. FBI agents ran up stairs at the back of the motel. Clark was arrested minutes later without incident.

At a news conference held almost simultaneously with the arrest, Lewis said, "There were no issues with the arrest. It went smoothly."

Lewis has dismissed rumors of a romantic relationship between Clark and Le, and said Le's murder was part of a growing wave of workplace crime.

"This is not about urban crime, university crime, or campus crime. It's about workplace violence, a growing concern across the country," he said.

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