After Public Outcry, Landfill May Be Searched for Missing NY Student - NBC New York

After Public Outcry, Landfill May Be Searched for Missing NY Student

News comes after massive public backlash against police department for not searching the landfill earlier in the investigation.



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    Lauren Spierer vanished June 3 after a night out with friends.

    The company that runs a western Indiana landfill says it is cooperating with investigators who might search it for signs of an Indiana University student from Westchester County who's been missing for two months.

    Republic Services spokeswoman Peg Mulloy tells The Indianapolis Star that the FBI wants to search its landfill south of Terre Haute.

    She says the company has been talking with the FBI for the past two to three weeks.

    WTHR-TV reports that Bloomington police requested a search warrant for the landfill on June 16 as it looked for 20-year-old Lauren Spierer.

    The Greenburgh, N.Y., woman was last seen early June 3 walking alone to her Bloomington apartment after a night out with friends.

    The station reports Bloomington police declined to comment on searching the landfill.

    Volunteers and supporters across the country who helped organize the massive search for Spierer expressed outrage upon learning in recent weeks the landfill had not yet been searched. Many posted frustrated comments on the Bloomington Police Department's Facebook page. Those comments were later deleted.

    Bloomington police have said they opted not to search the landfill at first because the police captain believed it would have been a costly and labor intensive endeavor.

    Managers at the landfill, however, noted that all trash is tracked by GPS so they could pinpoint the spot where garbage was put in the days after Spierer's disappearance.