Coroner: Body Found In Creek Not Lauren Spierer

Woman's Body Found Sunday

A woman's body found in Fall Creek on Sunday is likely not that of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, the Marion County coroner said Tuesday.

The badly decomposed body was found in the river along the 6500 block E. Fall Creek Pkwy N. Drive, prompting speculation it could be connected to the case of the missing 20-year-old.

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Coroner Frank Lloyd Jr. told 6News' Stacia Matthews that based on a preliminary autopsy, the woman found in the creek was black, while Spierer is white.

"Again, this is preliminary. We've only done an external examination," he said.

Bloomington police Lt. Wm. Parker said in a statement that the department had been notified that the dental records for Lauren Spierer do not appear to match the body pulled from Fall Creek.

The coroner's determination also eliminates the possibility that the body found is that of Dorothy Heard, 74, who was last seen in Noblesville June 13.

To identify the body found Sunday, the coroner's office will work with other agencies to get dental records and analyze DNA samples, which could take up to three months.

"It's a very tedious process, particularly with DNA evidence. There's a lot of internal validation that has to be done, and it's a pretty extensive protocol," Lloyd said.

Sunday marked one month since Spierer was last seen in the early morning hours of June 3, as she walked toward her Smallwood Plaza apartment.

Spierer's case sparked a lot of attention globally, with speculation rampant on social media websites and blogs, but little officially released information.

Spierer's parents, Robert and Charlene Spierer, have vowed to stay in Bloomington for as long as it takes to find out what happened to their daughter.

Spierer weighs about 90 pounds and is 4 feet 11 inches tall. Police asked anyone with information to call 812-339-4477.

More: Spierer Family's Website