Police release images taken the night of Spierer disappearance
BLOOMINGTON, IN (WAVE) - Hoping to generate more tips, Bloomington Police released three pictures taken the night an Indiana University student vanished, including a truck circling the area.
During a June 15 news conference at Bloomington Police headquarters, investigators displayed a photo taken of Lauren Spierer, taken from surveillance video that captured the college student before she went out for a night with friends.
She was last seen around 4:30 on the morning of June 3 after partying with her friends near the IU campus.
Spierer's father, Robert, says the picture demonstrates who his daughter is.
"She's a happy, smiling, beautiful young lady on her way out for the evening to meet with friends," he said.
Police also released two pictures of a truck seen circling the area near where Spierer disappeared. They believe it is either a full-sized Chevy Silverado or a mid-sized Chevy Colorado truck from around the mid-2000s.
The truck is a four-door, short-bed vehicle with equipment in the back of it. Police say it has distinctive wheels and a logo on the doors and rear panel.
"Is there a possibility that this vehicle could be involved? Absolutely," Bloomington Police Captain Joe Qualters said. "We have to consider that possibility. Why? Because it circles the block during the time frame and the location where Lauren was last seen and for that reason, we think it's significant to us. It could either be significant to us in that that person may have some direct responsibility for the event or that individual has information that could lead us in a direction."
Qualters added that police have had the surveillance video that shows the truck for awhile and have been looking at construction sites in Bloomington, hoping to spot it. He says investigators may take the pictures to those sites as well.
Anyone who recognizes the truck or knows why it was in the Bloomington area, should call police at (812) 339-4477. Police say calls are not traced and callers will be asked for contact information, but do not have to leave it. Tips can also be emailed to the following address: email@example.com.
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