Attorney General: New York private investigators are operating illegally

Private investigators brought to Indiana by the parents of Lauren Spierer may have to stop their search for the missing IU student.

Bloomington, Ind.

Private investigators brought to Indiana by the parents of Lauren Spierer may have to stop their search for the missing IU student. A Fox59 investigation revealed the private eyes are not operating legally.

Investigator Beau Dietl poked fun at Bloomington's police chief live on the local Fox station in New York City.

"He sat there like Gomer Pyle then he started like this," said Dietl.  "I met with the chief and all I gotta say is that thank God for New York City detectives that I have covering that stuff."

As many as four private eyes hired by the parents of Lauren Spierer are in Bloomington, trying to uncover what happened to the missing IU student. The only problem is that Indiana's Attorney General's office said they are breaking the law.

In an email to Fox 59, the Indiana Attorney General's office writes: "It is illegal for a person to engage in business as a private investigator firm unless the person is licensed in the state of Indiana."

Sources said the detectives tried to use a local private investigator's license, but the Indiana Attorney General's Office suspended that license for 10 years for unknown reasons.

The state's Private Investigator and Security Guard Board plans to file a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General's Office.

Not only are the New York private eyes unlicensed in Indiana, police said they have received complaints of harassment and Fox59 has even heard reports that the investigators illegally entered a residence, which could result in criminal charges.

Lauren Spierer's father said he was disappointed with Dietl's comments and he has a tremendous amount of faith in the Bloomington Police Department.

Fox59 tried to contact Dietl for the past two days, but he's been unavailable.

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