Police Again Expand Search Of Missing Student

Last night, Bloomington Police forceably removed hard drives and computers from Smallwood Plaza Apartments.

The Bloomington Police Department is getting some extra help in the search for Lauren Spierer. Volunteer search parties are fanning out into Monroe County today in hopes of finding the missing IU student.

At a Wednesday press conference at Bloomington police headquarters, Lt. Bill Parker said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has sent an expert to help work the case. Parker says police have obtained computers with security camera footage on them from Spierer’s apartment complex — but needed to use force to do so.

“We did obtain a search warrant,” he said, “but at some point when we were trying to serve that search warrant. We were denied access. So as any search warrant states we could use necessary force to enter in and obtain the things we need and so we did do so.”

Hancock County Police Lieutenant Brent Burris had the day off and says he wanted to do something to help the family.

“I have a daughter,” he said, “and thought today would be best used down here, using my expertise down here. We’re all trying to be positive, we’re all very helpful and we’re all doing our best to find Lauren.”

The police encourage that if you have any information to please call 812-339-4477. All calls and reports are anonymous.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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