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Police remain tight-lipped about altercation


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By J. Edward Calabro



A Thursday morning press conference with the Bloomington Police Department offered few revelations into the ongoing search for missing IU student Lauren Spierer.

Police remained tight-lipped concerning reports of an altercation between IU student Corey Rossman and other unidentified males at approximately 2:40 a.m. at Smallwood Plaza the morning Lauren disappeared.  

“Lauren was not involved in any altercation,” Lieutenant Parker said. BPD is not prepared to release any names of people involved in the event.

The BPD has received hundreds of tips, Parker said. 

BPD is working closely with the Indiana State Police, IUPD, the FBI, Team Adam, Monroe County Sheriff Department, and the US Marshall Service, Robert Spierer said.  

BPD has video footage which shows Lauren traveling north from Smallwood toward apartments at 11th and Morton Streets with an unnamed male, Parker said. 

Parker refused to provide specific details concerning Lauren’s state in the video. The video shows “basically just her presence coming through the camera fields.” Parker said BPD is considering releasing video footage to the press. 

Police would also not release any names of individuals who are mentioned as persons of interest in the case.

There are approximately 10 persons of interest who have been “generally cooperative” with the BPD. Some of them have hired attorneys.    

Police also indicated that they have plans to serve future search warrants.

BPD confirmed that it received a specific and anonymous tip leading them to search Lake Monroe yesterday evening.

Police did not find anything of interest during the search, Parker said. He said he would not characterize the search as a "dredge," but that BPD would continue to search Lake Monroe with its dive team today. 

“While we have concentrated our efforts, we have not narrowed them,” Parker said. “We still need new information.”

BPD is asking landowners to search their properties and if they need help to search property. They can contact police for assistance.   

Robert Spierer announced that the Spierer family is offering a $100,000 reward for any information that leads to finding Lauren.

— CJ Lotz and Sarah Brubeck contributed to this report  

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Lieutenant of detectives Bill Parker appears in a viewfinder during the third press briefing on the search for Lauren Spierer on Thursday at Bloomington Police Department headquarters. Lt. Bill Parker confirmed there was an altercation Friday morning, but that Lauren was not involved. Alex Farris Buy Photos
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Microphones from television and radio news outlets stand on the podium during the third press briefing on the search for Lauren Spierer on Thursday at Bloomington Police Department headquarters. Alex Farris Buy Photos
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Robert Spierer gives a statement, with his wife Charlene by his side, during the third press briefing on the search for Lauren Spierer on Thursday at Bloomington Police Department headquarters. Robert announced a $100,000 reward for information that leads to finding Lauren. Alex Farris Buy Photos
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Robert Spierer gives a statement as his wife, Charlene, and Lt. Bill Parker stand to the side during the third press briefing on the search for Lauren Spierer on Thursday at Bloomington Police Department headquarters. Lt. Parker reported that the FBI has provided assistance in the search. Alex Farris Buy Photos

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