11:49 AM CDT, May 31, 2012
The Bloomington Police Department released a statement Thursday, just days before the one year anniversary of the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.
Police said the investigation is still “very active” and several “credible” tips come in on a weekly basis. They stated the tips include information that has obvious relevance or correlation to information already known to investigators.
The department said Spierer’s case is classified as a “priority” case and has remained that way since she was reported missing on June 3, 2011. She was reportedly last seen at approximately 4:30 a.m. on the intersection of 11th Street and College Avenue in Bloomington, Ind.
Bloomington police said they have received more than 2,600 tips regarding her disappearance. Several extensive searches have been conducted by volunteers and professional search organizations for the missing student. In August, the Sycamore Ridge Landfill was searched for evidence, but nothing significant to the case was obtained.
“As was stated in a previous release marking six months since Lauren disappeared, much has been done on this case and much continues to be done,” read the statement in part. “That statement still holds true today. Some place significance on the date marking one year since Lauren disappeared, but the passing of time has not deterred the effort or commitment on the part of the Bloomington Police Department to provide answers to Lauren’s family and the Bloomington community.”
Police said they continue to make inquiries about bodies discovered in other jurisdictions. In October, police inquired about a body found in Illinois. However, the body was determined to be male. Most recently, police have contacted authorities in Lafayette, La. after a 22-year-old student went missing on May 19. Although there were similarities in the cases, Bloomington police said there is “nothing of significance” to the Spierer investigation.
Bloomington authorities said they have inquired about approximately 10 unidentified bodies discovered over the course of the last year. They said some of the bodies were found in Indiana or in a contiguous state.
“Inquiries have been made on other missing person cases being investigated by other law enforcement agencies and on suspects arrested for serious violent crimes,” read the statement. “Several individuals have been brought to our attention by other law enforcement agencies that may be familiar with the criminal tendencies of those in their communities who could be responsible for this type of incident. Inquiries such as those described will continue to be made if it appears that there is any potential to further this ongoing investigation. Hundreds of primary and secondary interviews have been conducted and investigators continue to make progress on many fronts.”
Indiana University announced they will host “A Time of Remembrance for Lauren Spierer” on Friday, June 1 at noon. IU Dean of Students Harold "Pete" Goldsmith and Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg will host the event, which will reflect on the year that has passed since Spierer’s disappearance.
If you have any information regarding Spierer’s case, please contact the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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