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Body Found in Creek is Not Missing IU Student

Update: The Marion County coroner’s office reports that a female body found in a creek north of Indianapolis on Monday was not that of Lauren Spierer, the 20-year-old Indiana University student who went missing one month ago.

Police could not immediately identify the age and ethnicity of the badly decomposed body, leading to speculation that the body could have been Spierer. Autopsy results revealed on Tuesday that the body belonged to an African American woman whose name has not been released, not Spierer, Fox News reports.

Spierer was a sophomore and fashion merchandising major from Greenburgh, NY. She was last seen in downtown Bloomington, walking alone to her apartment, at 4:30 AM on June 2. Spierer was seen earlier that night at a sports bar with friends in Indianapolis, 50 miles north of IU’s Bloomington campus.

Since then, police have been searching for the missing student. On June 25, more than 500 volunteers scoured a five-mile radius around Spierer’s presumed site of disappearance in an event called “Find Lauren Day.”

CNN reports that police have yet to find any “concrete” tips in the case. Several IU students have been declared “persons of interest” in the case, but police have not named any suspects.

“We are not finished,” Captian Joe Qualters of the Bloomington police said in late June. “Not only will the search efforts continue, but efforts to find out what happened to Lauren and how she disappeared, will continue. We’re not going to stop.”

Tarina is a freshman at Harvard University, where she plans to study English. In addition to serving on the Editorial Board of the Harvard Crimson newspaper, Tarina is involved in Philips Brooks House Association, a community service organization, and Ghungroo, Harvard's annual South Asian dance extravaganza. When she's not buried in pre-med classes or Arabic homework, Tarina likes to indulge in Indian soap operas, try unusual cuisine, and speculate on the meaning of life with her partners in crime, AKA friends. She loves creative writing and administrates a fiction blog as well as an online journalism portfolio, and her highly entertaining mishaps often merit publication on Harvard FML.
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