The skeletal remains found in Newton, Ill., on March 10 are not those of Lauren Spierer, according to Jasper County Coroner Jason Meyer. Though the remains have not been identified, Meyer says the person was male.
The case gained attention for its potential connection to Lauren Spierer. Before a gender was determined, Capt. Joseph Qualters of the Bloomington Police Department said, in a written statement, the case should be treated like any other.
“Why this particular discovery has gained more attention from the media is somewhat curious,” he says. “We are interested in all unidentified bodies as part of our investigation.”
The Jasper County Coroner has not released any additional information.