Media reports have been swirling about apparent similarities between the two cases but Qualters said his department did not learn anything from Louisiana authorities that may have useful bearing on the Spierer case.
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Sunday will mark one year since I.U. student Lauren Spierer was last seen after leaving Kilroy's Sports Bar in Bloomington. Local and national media outlets have pointed out the two cases involve petite blond college students apparenlty vanishing after a late night out with friends.
In an email to Fox59, Captain Qualters downplayed such similarities, saying:
"I indicated that we'd made an "inquiry" of officials in Louisiana, which would seem to be the responsible thing to do and what we have done on other occasions with other cases."
He went on to write:
"Did we make contact? Yes. Did anything of significance come from that contact? No."
Lafayette, Louisiana Police also told a news station there that they do not believe there are any connections between the two cases.