Police: Investigation Still Active Behind The Scenes
6:22 AM, Jun 22, 2011
Despite signs that the investigation into the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer is losing momentum, police said there is still activity behind the scenes.
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Wednesday marked 20 days into the search for the 20-year-old, who was last seen in the early-morning hours of June 3.Bloomington police Capt. Joe Qualters told reporters that even though news conferences and new leads have become less frequent, investigators were still working daily on the case."This investigation is very much an ongoing situation. We continue to reach out to individuals, we continue to review evidence," he said. "Rest assured, there are many things going on with this investigation behind the scenes."After reviewing more than 300 hours of video evidence and interviewing dozens of people thought to have knowledge in the case, Qualters said investigators are comparing notes and looking for inconsistencies. He would not comment on any conclusions they may have drawn."Are there working theories out there? I think that's fair to say," Qualters said. "I'm not in a position to talk about any theory that we're giving any particular credence to."Spierer's mother, Charlene Spierer, told reporters she's frustrated by the lack of tips from her daughter's friends."On June 3, my life changed forever," she said. "What I can tell you is that I am extremely disappointed by the fact that only one of Lauren's friends have called the Bloomington Police Department with any information."The family has opened a post office box to encourage people to send in truly anonymous tips. The address is P.O. Box 1226, Bloomington, IN 47402.
Meanwhile, dozens of dedicated searchers are still scouring the area, concentrating on the rugged countryside north of the city, 6News' Stacia Matthews reported."There's still significant land to cover, even close to the city of Bloomington, and we still need searchers to help with that," said Spierer's dad, Robert Spierer.A handful of volunteers on horseback took to 24,000 acres of woods at the Morgan-Monroe State Forest on Wednesday."We're searching all the ravines, all the culverts under the road and any place close by a person could easily access quickly and get away," said Yevette Olson.Search coordinator Rocky Rice stopped short of saying they are now looking for Spierer's remains."We hope we're doing good. (We just want to) bring this to a close," he said. "I don't think you could be mentally prepared (to find remains), but it would be a relief to the family and everybody whose been out searching."Qualters said there is no shortage of resources being utilized by Bloomington police in connection with the case."We have many facets of this investigation still going on, some that I'm not at liberty to talk about," he said. "There is a great deal that continues to go on with this investigation."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