Spierer case: Search warrant obtained for landfill

Chopper 13 flew over the landfill Tuesday.

BLOOMINGTON - There's a possible new lead in the case of Lauren Spierer, the Indiana University student who went missing on June 3rd. The owner of a Vigo County landfill is working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 13 Investigates confirmed.

A few weeks after 20-year-old IU student Lauren Spierer disappeared, documents obtained exclusively by Eyewitness News show that on June 16th the Bloomington Police Department requested a search warrant of a landfill in southern Vigo County about eight miles south of Terre Haute.

The court would not confirm if the warrant is for the Spierer search, or if a judge has signed off on the warrant.

Bloomington Police would not confirm or deny that the warrant is in connection with the disappearance of Lauren Spierer.

However, Republic Services, the owner and operator of Sycamore Ridge, sent a statement to Eyewitness News:

"We are working with the FBI regarding a search of the Sycamore Ridge Landfill. We will help them and accommodate their needs. They are controlling the search. We just own the property," the company said in a statement.

Chopper 13 was over the landfill Tuesday afternoon and there is no visual evidence of an active search. Eyewitness News has been told by a source close to the investigation that a local excavation company will be starting work soon.

Eyewitness News asked the Bloomington Police Department about the search warrant. They say they will not talk about any possible suspects, evidence or method of investigation.

Wednesday will mark two months since Spierer was last seen, so regardless of what any search turns up, it will be welcome information to police, volunteers and certainly, her family.

At a motorcycle ride for Spierer this past weekend, her uncle told Eyewitness News that the lack of new information is troubling.

"You know, we are going on eight weeks. At this point, it is nothing short of strange that no one has come forward with any kind of information that could lead police to solve this investigation," said David Spierer.

Eyewitness News has not been able to contact the FBI on when the search will begin.

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