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Coroner: Body Found In Fall Creek Not Lauren Spierer

Fall Creek Indianapolis

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Children play near Fall Creek in Indianapolis.

Officials with the Marion County Coroner’s office say a body found in Indianapolis’ Fall Creek over the weekend is not that of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

“Based on the body characteristics and structure of the body, and head hair that is still intact on the body, it appears as through the decedent is that of an African-American female,” said chief Deputy Coroner Alfarena Ballew.

Ballew said records show Lauren Spierer has undergone extensive dental work, but there’s no such dentistry present in the deceased female’s teeth.  While Ballew said her office is primarily concerned with making a positive identification, she admitted there was a sense of disappointment that the remains are not those of the missing sophomore fashion major.

“Certainly we would have wanted to confirm identity just for closure for not only the police department, but for the family,” she said. “It was pretty disappointing, but we were first and foremost looking for that type of information to compare to the information that we have with Lauren Spierer.”

Ballew said an autopsy on the woman’s remains should be complete within a couple weeks.

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