Spierer disappearance has similarities to Tenn. case

Holly Bobo disappeared in Tennessee this past April.

BLOOMINGTON - The disappearance of an IU student earlier this month has similarities to a Tennessee case.

Nursing student Holly Bobo disappeared in April, two months before 20-year-old Lauren Spierer went missing near the IU campus. Both students are the same age and have similar looks, which raises questions.

"I can't even tell you what it's like to get that phone call that your daughter is missing," said Spierer's mother, Charlene.

"I think of her. I love her," said Bobo's mother, Karen.

The Spierer case has dominated Indiana news since June 3, when she was last reportedly spotted leaving a friend's apartment around 4:30 in the morning. Police and volunteers have searched, persons of interest have been questioned, but there have been no arrests yet.

Bobo disappeared 340 miles away, in Tennessee, also in the morning. She was last seen being led away by a man in camouflage. Volunteers have also joined the search for Bobo.

The two have more in common than their student status. Both are blond-haired, white females, age 20 and both are petite.

Information leading to the discovery of Spierer, the daughter of a prominent New York family, could bring a $100,000 reward. Bobo's cousin is country singer Whitney Duncan. There is an $85,000 reward offered in her case.

Students around IU who saw Bobo's picture mistook her for Lauren Spierer.

Late Tuesday, Bloomington police told Eyewitness News they were aware of the Tennessee case and the similarities, but don't think there's a connection at this time.

With the "Find Lauren" search center shutting down Wednesday and the end of daily searches, some students think it's worth looking for patterns in other cases.

"It's probably three or four hours away from here. If there's nothing else, it's worth looking at, if they haven't found anything else yet," said student Chris Robbins.

"Any bit of information could be important, of course. They look so similar, identical," said student Wesley McKinney.

And it's not just these two women, other students missing around the country fit the same description.