Twenty-year-old Indiana University student and Greenburgh native Lauren Spierer vanished back in 2011, with no real leads or clues—but that might be about to change. Police are investigating a possible link between her disappearance and the recent murder of another Indiana University student.
Daniel Messel, 49, of Bloomington, Indiana, was arrested and charged with beating to death 22-year-old Hannah Wilson. Wilson was last seen at Kilroy’s Sports Bar by her friends, who put her in a cab to send her home. On Friday, April 24, her body was discovered and the cause of death was determined as blunt force trauma to the head. A cell phone discovered at the scene was traced back to Messel.
According to Fox News, the similarities between this case and the Spierer’s disappearance are unsettling. Both students visited Kilroy’s Sports Bar on a night out with friends and never returned home.
Though the police never found Spierer, and no charges have been filed in that case, two men who were with Spierer the night of her disappearance are being investigated by Spierer’s parents. They claim that the men gave Spierer alcohol and did not make sure she returned home safely, leading to her disappearance. According to The Journal News, Spierer’s parents are pressing for phone records and academic records to be released for investigation.