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Friday
Aug032012

Skull Found in River Being Matched to Missing Student's Dental Records

ABC News/Rebecca Lefkowitz(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- The family of missing Indiana University college student Lauren Spierer could know in a matter of days if a skull found 60 miles from where she disappeared belongs to the college student.

As she waits for word on the fate of her daughter, Charlene Spierer issued an open letter to those responsible for Lauren's disappearance.

"To Whom This May Concern: It sickens me to write to you once again, but I have no choice," Spierer wrote. "Time continues to pass and I cannot let you forget about Lauren."

The Spierers have frequently posted messages and blogs, appealing to the unknown person who they believe abducted their daughter. Spierer, 21, vanished on June 3, 2011, after a night out with friends at a sports bar in Bloomington, Ind.

Last month, a fisherman found a skull in White River, under the Raymond Street Bridge, about 60 miles from where Spierer was last seen. The Bloomington police called the Spierer family to tell them about the finding, according to ABC News' Indianapolis affiliate WRTV. Divers searched the river for additional remains but did not find anything else.

The skull has been sent to a forensic anthropologist, who will try to determine its gender, age and race. A tooth will be extracted from the skull to see if it matches with Spierer's dental records, which are on file in a national database, Charlene Spierer said.

"We wait along with other families of missing loved ones. It could take as long as eight weeks. That's 80,640 minutes of agony," Spierer wrote. "I hope I am making you uncomfortable. I hope you have as many sleepless nights as I have. I hope that someday, your parents, your siblings, your friends will all be in a courtroom when your true self is revealed."

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Monday
Jul162012

Skull Found: Lauren Spierer’s Family Waits for Answers

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BLOOMINGTON, Ind.) -- The family of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer is anxiously waiting to learn if a skull found about 60 miles from where Spierer was last seen could be hers.

“In the days ahead, a family will have answers they have been desperately seeking. Will it be ours?” the Spierer family posted on its Facebook page Saturday.

Spierer, 21, vanished on June 3, 2011, after a night out with friends in Bloomington, Ind. The Indiana University student is 4 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs less than 100 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes.

Over the past year, the Spierer family has experienced similar “finds,” which turned out to be false alarms.

A fisherman found the skull in White River, under the Raymond Street Bridge, about 60 miles from where Spierer was last seen.

The Bloomington police called the Spierer family to tell it about the finding, according to ABC News’ Indianapolis affiliate WRTV. Divers searched the river for additional remains, but did not find anything.

The skull has been sent to a forensic anthropologist, who will try to determine its gender, age and race. The testing could take six to eight weeks, according to WRTV.

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Wednesday
Nov232011

Skull Belongs to Mysteriously Missing Woman

File photo. (Siri Stafford/Digital Vision)(CLARK COUNTY, Ohio) -- A skull found by hunters in Ohio has been positively identified as a woman who mysteriously disappeared more than a year ago.

Faith Willison, 56, of Clark County, disappeared in June 28, 2010, after her car was seen traveling off a four-lane highway and crashing to a halt on the side of the road. A delivery truck driver saw the accident, turned around and came back to the scene, to call 911. But when the truck driver arrived back at the scene of the crash, there no was no driver or passenger in sight, according to Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.

No blood was found inside the vehicle and the air bags were not deployed, Kelly said. Ohio highway patrol officers found a pair of flip flops in front of the vehicle, he said.

Police determined that Willison had left a note the day before telling her husband she had decided to return to a mental health facility to seek further treatment. She had prescription medications with her for her mental health problems, Kelly said.

In January 2011, hunters found a purse in a field close to the accident and contacted authorities when they recognized the name on the license inside, he said. All of Willison's identification cards and licenses were in the purse, in addition to prescription medication.

The skull, found Saturday, was positively identified by an Ohio dentist, and has been sent to a medical examiner for toxicology screening. There was no blunt trauma or bullet wounds detected on the skull, he said. The investigation is still open. No cause of death has been determined and they have not ruled it a suicide. They do not know whether Kelly got lost or disoriented following the accident, he said.

Kelly said police are still baffled by how the woman disappeared immediately following the crash.

"It was only 60, 90 seconds for the driver to turn around and come back," he said. "Was she hiding in the grass? We don't know."

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