On June 3, 2011, Lauren Spierer, an Indiana University student disappeared after a night out with friends in Bloomington. Skeletal remains have been found in a remote area in eastern Illinois, which have many fearing that the 20-year-old is dead. Police are now waiting on DNA test results for the skeletal remains.
According to the Journal News, the DNA results won't be available until later this month. The remains found have stirred up a lot of media attention, but police don't think this body is any different from previous ones thought to be Spierer's.
We, like many other agencies with an active missing-persons case, are waiting for the results from their investigation to see if it has any relevance to our case, said Bloomington police Captain, Joe Qualters.
That being said, why this particular body has gained more attention from the media is surprising to me since we had made no mention of it to any media outlets prior to the inquiries that began coming in, said Qualters.
Since the college student's disappearance there have been persons of interest, but no suspects, reports the Indy Star. Indiana University student Jay Rosenbaum is one of the persons of interest in the disappearance of Lauren Spierer. Fully cooperating with the police, Rosenbaum claims to have nothing to do with the missing girl, but Spierer was last seen in his apartment before she went missing.
Rosenbaums friends, Corey Rossman and Mike Beth, who reside in the same apartment building Spierer was last seen in are also persons of interest in the case.
Spierer's parents, Rob and Charlene Spierer, have set up a website, FindLauren.com, to aid their search for their daughter. Imagine learning one of the most important people in your world has disappeared and there is not enough information available from friends and acquaintances to find them, writes Rob and Charlene Spierer on the website. There is no reason to think the people Lauren was last with, wouldn't do everything in their power to help us find her...we will never give up.
Amanda Remling studied journalism at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
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