Police, FBI search Vigo Co. landfill in connection with Lauren Spierer case

Fox59 learned in early August that a warrant was filed to search the landfill, where trash from Bloomington gets dumped, in connection with the case of missing IU student Lauren Spierer.

Pimento, Ind.

The Bloomington Police Department are looking for evidence at the Sycamore Ridge Landfill related to the disappearance of Lauren Spierer.  Police began searching at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Bloomington police are being assisted by theFBI, officers from the Indiana University Police Department and a search expert from Team Adam, an affiliate with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The landfill, which is near Terre Haute, is some 55 miles from where Spierer was last seen.

Police say they immediately checked dumpsters in the Bloomington area, after Lauren went missing.  Police also say they made inquiries into the landfill three days after Lauren was last seen.

Police say around 20 to 30 law enforcement personnel from all of the agencies will participate each day.  They say they will be searching the landfill 12-hours a day for the next two weeks.

Lauren Spierer's parents went to the landfill as crews began searching.

"We don't know whether there is evidence there.  It's a huge undertaking but our goal is to take her home," said Charlene Spierer, Lauren's mother.

For the past two months, the Spierers have stayed in Bloomington in hopes of finding their daughter.

Jason Rosenbaum told police he last saw Lauren walking down 11th Street turning the corner onto College Avenue at 4:30 a.m. that morning but Lauren's mother questions his theory.

"I can't imagine someone would just let someone walk down the street and turn the corner.  Now, she has fallen off the face of the earth."

Police say they are working with the company that operates the landfill, Republic Services.  Waste that was taken from Bloomington around the dates of Spierer's disappearance was identified at the landfill.  That specific location in the landfill has remained isolated since the discovery, and police say no other waste was put in that secured area.

Police say they are confident that new leads will develop once school starts.  That is a hot button issue with Lauren's father, Robert. He doesn't name names, but clearly is frustrated with the last people who saw his daughter the night she vanished.

"The folks left town, " said Spierer. "Either you are a good person or not a good person."

The Spierers are leaving to go back to New York on Wednesday, but they say they will return to Bloomington.

Lauren's mom has said all along that she isn't leaving without Lauren.
"It's hard to think of her before June 4th," she said. "She was a tender and precious person. That was Lauren.  Not a girl on a poster."

The following statement is being released on behalf of the Spierer family:

"Please keep all the members of the Bloomington Police Department and all other law enforcement agencies who are assisting in this incredibly complex undertaking to search the landfill safe. With sincere thanks and appreciation for their continued support in our efforts to find Lauren."

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