Chinese nationals living in the United States have also begun to disappear under suspicious circumstances, although unlike previous targets, "they were not high-profile folks", said one former US intelligence official.
The state appealed a lower court judge's ruling previous year that vacated Syed's conviction and ordered a new trial. It's unclear if the state will choose to do so.
Syed was accused and convicted in 2000 of burying Lee's body in in a shallow grave in a Baltimore park.
In 2016, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge overturned Syed's conviction and ordered a new trial, based on claims that Syed's trial lawyer failed to cross-examine an expert witness about the reliability of cell tower location evidence.
Overboard Volvo Ocean Race sailor presumed lost at sea
In May 2006, Dutchman Hans Horrevoets died when he was washed overboard while sailing for ABN Amro in the Volvo Ocean Race . Fisher competed in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, which has been described as one of the world's toughest offshore races.
The show attracted millions of listeners and shattered records for the number of times a podcast has been streamed or downloaded.
In the meantime, Syed's current attorney, Justin Brown, has celebrated the decision, tweeting in all-caps: "WE WON THE APPEAL".
Thursday's decision is a result of a 2016 ruling in which a judge vacated Syed's 2000 conviction.
Syed has been behind bars since his arrest in February 1999.
Google acquires Tenor, popular GIF platform that advertisers love
The four-year-old firm said it hit more than 300 million members in 2017 and now receives more than 12 billion queries per month. Tenor now powers a large portion of gif searches within apps and chat services; most notably those on Facebook Messenger .
The podcast star's lawyer said defense attorney Cristina Gutierrez - who passed away in 2004 - had fallen "below the standard of reasonable judgment" by not investigating McClain in the original trial.
The podcast, hosted by NPR's Sarah Koenig, cast doubt on Syed's guilt and questioned whether all evidence and witnesses had been properly introduced at his original trial.
A press conference is expected around 2:30 p.m. We're thrilled. It's been a really long wait.
This is a developing story.
Orange County joins DoJ lawsuit against California's 'sanctuary' law
Immigration and Customs Enforcement can get the information without the sheriff's office having to communicate specifically. Another tasks California investigators with probing the detention conditions of immigrants held by ICE in the state.