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Police question early morning traffic on College Ave.


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At least twelve cars, a mix of BPD and IU Police Department vehicles, lined College between 11th and 10th streets.

About 50 drivers were pulled over so that officers could spread information about missing IU student Lauren Spierer and ask questions. Among those pulled over was a WTHR-TV (Indianapolis) satellite truck.

Everyone who passed through the stretch of road was given a “Missing” flier with Lauren’s photo and information on it. Each stop lasted between one and two minutes.
The traffic stop started before and ended after the last known appearance of Lauren exactly one week previously.

Lt. Scott Oldham of BPD confirmed that the officers asked questions, but would not divulge the nature of those questions. He said more information would be available at today’s 11:30 a.m. briefing.

Before the traffic stop, volunteers who organized searches all week for Lauren set out on their own search at about midnight. The group walked up alleyways and streets near 11th and College, where Lauren was last seen.

After their search, they returned to the staging area near Smallwood Plaza, where they waited and rested for much of the night.

—Alex Farris

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A police officer points a car toward the curb during a traffic stop meant to spread the word and ask questions about Lauren Spierer on Friday on North College Avenue. Alex Farris Buy Photos
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A semi-trailer truck approaches a traffic stop meant to spread the word and ask questions about Lauren Spierer on Friday on North College Avenue. Alex Farris Buy Photos
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Lt. Scott Oldham and other officers in the Bloomington Police Department talk during a traffic stop meant to spread the word and ask questions about Lauren Spierer on Friday on North College Avenue. Alex Farris Buy Photos
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Police officers talk with a driver during a traffic stop meant to spread the word and ask questions about Lauren Spierer on Friday on North College Avenue. Alex Farris Buy Photos
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Thomas LaMaster and Crystal Rainwater chat with other volunteer searchers as they try to find Lauren Spierer on Friday at 11th Street and College Avenue. A group of volunteers shined flashlights in alleyways near where Lauren was last seen one week ago. Alex Farris Buy Photos

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