Police say the white truck captured on surveillance video is no longer a part of the investigation surrounding the disappearance of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer. After sifting through hundreds of tips, Bloomington Police Captain Joe Qualters says the department determined the vehicle had no connection to Lauren’s disappearance.
Police also said that while they had originally reported seeing the truck circle the block twice, there was a discrepancy on the cameras recorded and the truck had in fact only passed by once.
Yesterday marked the first day police expanded the search out of Monroe County after receiving a tip about a foul odor near Martinsville in Morgan County. With the help of nearly 170 volunteers and air support from the Indiana State Police, crews combed the area, eventually determining the smell was coming from a mound of dirt police say they believe is associated with nearby utility work. They found no evidence related to the case.
Lauren’s parents Robert and Charlene continue to thank volunteer crews but stress help is needed more than ever as the search moves outside the Bloomington city limits. Qualters says tips are still pouring in, with more than 300 received Sunday alone. Qualters says police will evaluate today where the searches will go and what areas still need to be covered.
Police are scaling back the press conferences. There will now be briefings on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, instead of daily. Now into the third week since Lauren went missing, Qualters says the investigation is still in the information gathering stage and police have no credible leads.