Bloomington police inquire about remains found in Illinois

WEHT-TV reported the remains were found in the woods near Newton, Ill. on March 10.

Bloomington Police Department

Bloomington Police Department (April 2, 2012)

Newton, Ill

The Bloomington Police Department is awaiting results from an investigation after skeletal remains were discovered in a remote area of eastern Illinois.

WEHT-TV reported the remains were found in the woods near Newton, Ill. on March 10.  The town is located approximately 2 ½ hours away from Bloomington. 

Bloomington police contacted Illinois authorities about the case and said they are waiting for DNA test results.

“We, like many other agencies, are waiting for results from their investigation to determine if it might be related to our case,” said Captain Joe Qualters.

Bloomington police have been investigating the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.  The student was last seen in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011 after a night out with friends. 

The Illinois State Crime Lab is investigating the remains, and results could be released this month. 

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