CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Authorities confirmed Monday the body found last week in connection with a missing woman from Charlotte is Sandy Le, 23.
The body was found Wednesday morning, officials said. The discovery came shortly after police began a search for Le near Interstate 485.
Investigators tracked Le's cellphone to a general area in Harrisburg, close to where police discovered the body near Robinson Church Road and Britley Lane.
Authorities could be seen Wednesday searching that area with a police helicopter and with officers on the ground.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were working with Cabarrus County deputies since the remains were found in that county.
The medical examiner will confirm the identity and determine the cause of death.
Officers had announced an update in the case Tuesday.
Authorities believe two missing teenagers are now in Mexico, and were concerned about Le, who investigators could not find.
Sandra Le, 23, Alex Castillo, 17, and Ahmia Feaster, 19, disappeared last week.
In a news conference Tuesday, police said they found Le's car in Phoenix, Arizona and they are investigating her disappearance as a homicide.
Police are treating the case as a homicide but have not said why.
"We're hoping for the best but expecting the worst," CMPD Maj. Cam Selvey said last week of Le's whereabouts.
On Wednesday, police and firefighters are gathering in east Charlotte to conduct a search in connection to Le's disappearance. The search are is on Plaza Road Extension near Interstate 485.
Castillo and Feaster are charged with possessing her stolen car and police believe they are in Mexico.
“We are very interested in bringing them back, to ask them any questions or ask them for information about Ms. Sandy Le's whereabouts,” Selvey said.
Le’s family reported her missing on Wednesday after she left home Tuesday, Aug. 9 and did not return.
Family members reported Castillo missing on Thursday. Police said he was picked up at his home by Feaster and the pair did not return.
On Saturday, Castillo’s mother received a call from her son.
“He said only, 'I’m OK, I’m OK,' but I don’t believe it,” she said.
Feaster’s family reported receiving a similar call. The families said both teens said they didn’t know where they were.
The calls came on the same day police located Feaster’s car in a neighborhood known as Reedy Creek Plantation.
Channel 9 was with Le's family on Aug. 14 as it printed dozens of new fliers. The flier shows the family is now offering a $10,000 reward for information that will lead to the young woman, who is known for her giving heart.
Feaster is African-American, standing 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighing approximately 119 pounds.
Castillo is Hispanic, standing 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing 180 pounds.
Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call 911.
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