Cops search landfill in Indiana student's disappearance
August 16th, 2011
02:52 PM ET

Cops search landfill in Indiana student's disappearance

Indiana investigators and the FBI began combing through a western Indiana landfill Tuesday in search of fresh clues to the June disappearance of college student Lauren Spierer.

The Bloomington Police Department has isolated a roughly 170,000-cubic-foot patch of garbage at the landfill and may need two weeks to sort through it, the department said in a statement announcing the search. The site holds waste transported from Bloomington, including from bins intersection where the Indiana University student was last seen.

"While working with the company that operates the landfill, Republic Services, waste that was taken from the city on and around the dates of Spierer's disappearance was identified at the landfill site," police said. "That location within the landfill has remained isolated and secured since that time with no additional waste placed in the identified area."

The landfill is in Pimento, about 60 miles west of Bloomington and about 10 miles south of Terre Haute. In a statement issued through police, the Spierer family offered investigators their "sincere thanks and appreciation for their continued support in our efforts to find Lauren."

Spierer, a 20-year-old sophomore, disappeared early June 2 after leaving a Bloomington sports bar with a male acquaintance. Police said surveillance video from an alley showed them walking toward his building around 3 a.m. Spierer's keys were later found in that alley, but the petite blonde never made it home.

One of her companion's neighbors reported seeing Spierer leave around 4:30 a.m., but police said they found no sign of her after the 3 a.m. sighting on any of the surveillance video they viewed from the blocks between the two buildings.

In a statement posted on their website over the weekend, Spierer's parents expressed frustration at the "deafening silence" among her friends and acquaintances and pleaded for them to come forward with any information.

"There is no reason to think the people Lauren was last with wouldn't do everything in their power to help us find her," they wrote.

"The silence compounds our frustration, our desperation and our grief in not having found Lauren," they added. "It threatens to be our undoing, but make no mistake, we will never give up."

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  1. banasy©

    I did.
    It did.
    It's all good! 🙂

    August 16, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. media scientist

    Thanks for volunteer groups who hope fot results

    August 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazzzzzzzz

    Psalm 23

    The Divine Shepherd

    A Psalm of David.
    1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
    he leads me beside still waters;*
    3 he restores my soul.*
    He leads me in right paths*
    for his name’s sake.

    4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,*
    I fear no evil;
    for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff—
    they comfort me.

    5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
    you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    6 Surely* goodness and mercy* shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    my whole life long.*

    August 17, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. blue flower

    Her friends should just tell the truth about what they know, anything at all that could help the investigation, and they should reach out to the parents, since the parents are asking that they so, and just tell the truth, no matter what it is. Every piece of the puzzle could help. The acquaintance should be ashamed, if he let her leave his house alone so early in the morning without accompanying her safely home. It is sad they have lost so much time already in this investigation. I hope the truth is discovered ASAP.

    August 17, 2011 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
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