Update: An Illinois coroner told the HeraldTimesOnline.com that the skeletal remains found are not those of Lauren Spierer, but that of a man. Check back for more information.
EDGEMONT, N.Y. – Police in Bloomington, Ind., are downplaying an Indianapolis Star report that skeletal remains found last month in Illinois could be missing Edgemont High School graduate Lauren Spierer.
Detectives are awaiting Illinois State Crime Lab results on a body found in Newton, Ill., on March 10, slightly more than nine months after Spierer went missing.
Spierer, a student at Indiana University, was 20 when she vanished in the early hours of June 3 after a night of partying at a Bloomington sports bar. She had been visiting a friend's apartment before deciding to walk home. She hasn't been seen since.
"We, like many other agencies with an active missing persons case, are waiting for the results from their investigation to see if it has any relevance to our case," Bloomington Police Capt. Joseph Qualters said in a statement.
Contacted Tuesday night, Qualters told The Daily Scarsdale, "Why this particular body has gained more attention from the media is surprising to me since we had made no mention of it to any media outlets prior to the inquiries that began coming in. We are interested in all unidentified bodies as part of our investigation, but the body in Illinois holds no more or less promise for now than any of the several others that have come to our attention over the last 10 months."
On Tuesday morning, another post was made on the blog and on a dedicated Facebook page:
"Always in our hearts. Always in our thoughts. NEVER giving up. We love you, Lauren." It was signed Mom, Dad and Rebecca.