Law Enforcement

Missing Indiana Student Case Gets New Lead

posted: 01/30/16
by: Jared Kaplan
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On June 3, 2011, 20-year-old Indiana University student Lauren Spierer spent the night out with friends in downtown Bloomington, Indiana. An acquaintance of hers claimed he saw Spierer walking barefoot and alone down the street at around 4:30 AM the next morning. That was the last time anyone would see her.

Since that time, massive searches have been conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies and no trace of Spierer has turned up. No arrests have been made in connection with this case either.

This week, FBI agents conducted a search on a Morgan County property belonging to a registered sex offender. Forensic anthropologists were also called in to assist with a dig at the site. According to Fox News, authorities believe that the previous homeowner, 35-year-old Justin Wagers, could be connected to the disappearances of Spierer and two other people as well.

Wagers has been arrested at least six times prior for charges such as public indecency and is currently serving time at Johnson County Jail for an August 2015 indecent exposure arrest.

Authorities have yet to comment on whether or not anything valuable was found. "There is no additional information to release regarding this matter at this time," the FBI said in a statement.

If you have any information on Lauren Spierer's disappearance, please call the Bloomington Police Department tipline at 812-339-4477 or contact them by e-mail at policetips@bloomington.in.gov.


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