Search expands beyond Bloomington for missing IU student

Bloomington Police Lt. Bill Parker addressed the media in a news conference Wednesday on the disappearance of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer. Lt. Parker said the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is joining in the search. Police are continuing to follow up on leads and are interviewing several of Lauren's friends and family members.

Lt. Parker explained why police needed to make forced entry at the Smallwood Plaza apartments Tuesday night. Parker said police needed to obtain video footage from surveillance cameras. Police had a search warrant but were denied access so they made forced entry. Parker said Lauren Spierer was seen coming into the building and going back out around 2:40 a.m. Friday. She left with another person who police are not identifying. Parker said there was no evidence of any tampering with the video.

Lt. Parker also said police have spoken with two people who saw her in the early morning hours. Lauren apparently told a man she wanted to go home and the man watched her walk away. Parker said Lauren was not forced. He would not indicate if Spierer was targeted.

"We are working on polygraphs now," Lt. Parker said.

During the search Tuesday, a purse was found but police say the purse is not Spierer's, but it was actually related to a separate homicide that occurred Tuesday on the west side of Bloomington.

The search enters day six with still no solid leads. Lt. Parker said the search will now expand beyond the Bloomington city limits.

"Everyone in City of Bloomington has been terrific. These people are really incredible to come out and search, we certainly need all the help we can get," said Lauren's father, Robert Spierer.

Police also mentioned they are now getting help from America's Most Wanted.

"We are getting a lot of tips in and have a lot of items to look for. The Bloomington Police Department is committed to finding Lauren. Any case like that we do what we can do," said Parker.

Fox 59 has been in contact with an attorney representing on of the male friends that Lauren Spierer was with the night she went missing.  The two were both at Kilroys and then left together and went back to Spierer's Smallwood apartment.  The two spent about ten minutes inside her apartment before heading to his apartment near 11th and College.  The attorney said that before leaving Smallwood, there was a confrontation in the lobby of some kind and did not provide any further details, but insisted that his client is cooperating with police.  

Lauren Spierer is described as approximately four feet, 11 inches tall with a slender build. She has blue eyes and blonde hair, longer than shoulder length. The 20-year-old had just finished her sophomore year at IU. She disappeared near 11th and College early Friday morning. Charlene Spierer said her daughter has a life-threatening heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. Her mother has asked if anyone knows where Lauren is, to please take her to a hospital. Anyone with information should call Bloomington police at 812-339-4477.