The owner of a landfill in Vigo County, Ill., told The Indianapolis Star that the FBI was preparing to search the landfill for clues in the case of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.
The Sycamore Ridge landfill, owned by Republic Services, is the final collection point for all trash in Bloomington, home of IU's main campus and Spierer's last known location.
Spierer, 20, has been missing since June 3, and was seen barefoot on a street corner at 4:30 that Friday morning. The pretty blond Fashion major had spent the previous hours drinking and celebrating with friends after having recently finished her sophomore year at IU. She has a heart condition that requires medication.
"We own the landfill, and the FBI wants to search it," Peg Mulloy, spokeswoman for Republic Services, told the Indianapolis Star on Tuesday. "They know why they're searching, and they're going to determine when they're going to start searching."
WTHR news, a partner of the Indianapolis Star, initially reported that the Bloomington Police Department requested a warrant to search the landfill on June 16. The police did not confirm or deny that the warrent was in connection to Spierer's disappearance.
The FBI was not available for comment.
Spierer is a resident of Greenburgh, N.Y. and was planning to return to New York at a later point in the summer for an internship at Anthropologie.
Charlene Spierer, Lauren's mother, has said she believes people are withholding information about her daughter's disappearance. Witnesses have provided conflicting reports of the early morning hours of the sophomore's disappearance, with some saying she was incapacitated and unable to take care of herself, while another friend claims that she helped him after he was punched in the face and blacked out. That friend, Corey Rossman, also claims to have memory loss.
Rossman's roomate, Mike Beth, said through his lawyer that Spierer left their apartment after Beth put Rossman to bed. She then reportedly visited another friend, Jay Rosenbaum, who is believed to be the last person to see Spierer, as she rounded the corner to go home to her apartment at around 4:15 the morning of June 3.
[Source: Indianapolis Star]