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Lauren Spierer Case: Possible Tie To Clyde Gibson, Murder Suspect, Probed By Police

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First Posted: 05/03/2012 3:44 pm Updated: 05/04/2012 12:19 pm

Authorities are investigating a possible connection between the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Spierer and accused murderer William Clyde Gibson.

"A detective from the Bloomington Police Department has been assigned to make an inquiry with investigators in New Albany regarding the Clyde Gibson case they are investigating," Bloomington Police Department Captain Joe Qualters said in a statement Thursday.

Gibson, 54, was arrested last month for the April 19 murder of a 75-year-old Clarksville woman and the 2002 murder of Florida resident Karen Hodella. Gibson is also suspected of killing 35-year-old Stephanie Kirck of Charlestown, Ind. Kirck's remains were recently found on Gibson's New Albany property, police said.

Qualters said investigators are looking into Gibson as part of their ongoing investigation into Spierer's disappearance.

Spierer, 20, was last seen around 4:30 a.m. on June 3, 2011, just a few blocks from her Smallwood Plaza apartment. Earlier in the night, Spierer had visited Kilroy's, a nearby sports bar that closes at 3 a.m. When she left the establishment, she left behind her shoes and cellphone, police said.

After leaving the bar, Spierer reportedly went to the apartment of Corey Rossman, a fellow college student at the university, before deciding to walk home. What happened to her after that remains a mystery. She was reported missing less than 12 hours later.

Bloomington police, Indiana University police, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police and the FBI have all conducted searches for Spierer.

Qualters said that, while authorities have yet to find any evidence linking Gibson to Spierer, his M.O. has prompted them to look into him.

"We are certainly interested in anyone who comes to the attention of law enforcement for targeting women as victims," the veteran law enforcement officer said.

The FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit is assisting police with their investigation of Gibson.

Lauren Spierer is described as a white female who is 4-foot-11-inches tall with a slender build. She has blue eyes and blond hair. She was last wearing a white tank top with a light-colored shirt over it and black stretch pants. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Bloomington Police at 812-339-4477. You can also visit FindLauren.com

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  • Lauren Spierer

    Photo from the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/groups/VoicesForLauren/photos/" target="_hplink">Voices For Lauren Spierer</a> Facebook page. This group was created on July 7th, 2011 to help find the missing Indiana college student.

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Robert and Charlene Spierer talk about their missing daughter Lauren Spierer during a news conference in Bloomington, Ind., Friday, July 1, 2011. Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of drinking with friends.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Lauren Spierer

    Photo from the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/groups/VoicesForLauren/photos/" target="_hplink">Voices For Lauren Spierer</a> Facebook page. This group was created on July 7th, 2011 to help find the missing Indiana college student.

  • Lauren Spierer

    Photo from the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Lauren.Spierer.Family.Updates" target="_hplink">Voices For Lauren</a> Facebook page. This group was created on July 7th, 2011 with a mission to help spread the words and contribute to the efforts to find Lauren Spierer.

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Robert Spierer struggles to talk about his missing daughter Lauren Spierer during a news conference in Bloomington, Ind., Friday, June 17, 2011. Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of drinking with friends. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    This photo distributed by the Bloomington Police Department, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, shows Lauren Spierer, taken by a video surveillance camera as she left her apartment building on the night she disappeared in Bloomington, Ind. Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of partying with friends. (AP Photo/Bloomington Police Department)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Robert and Charlene Spierer wait to talk about their missing daughter Lauren Spierer and Sunday being Father's Day during a press conference in Bloomington, Ind., Friday, June 17, 2011. Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of drinking with friends. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Lauren Spierer

    Photo from the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/groups/VoicesForLauren/photos/" target="_hplink">Voices For Lauren Spierer</a> Facebook page. This group was created on July 7th, 2011 to help find the missing Indiana college student.

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Robert Spierer displays a photo of his missing daughter Lauren Spierer taken by a video surveillance camera in her apartment building on the night she disappeared during a press conference in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of drinking with friends. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Charlene Spierer displays a photo of her missing daughter Lauren Spierer taken by a video surveillance camera in her apartment building on the night she disappeared during a press conference in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, June 16, 2011. Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of drinking with friends. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean, right, talks with Charlene Spierer, mother of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, 20, as volunteers gathered to continue to search for her in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Spierer disappeared Friday about 4:30am. Police say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of the Indiana University student five days ago, but have little information about what happened to her. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    This aerial map and timeline distributed by the Bloomington Police Department, June 16, 2011, shows a locations and times where Lauren Spierer was last seen before she disappeared in Bloomington, Ind. Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of drinking with friends. (AP Photo/Bloomington Police Department)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Charlene Spierer waits to thank those helping for the search of their missing daughter during a press conference in Bloomington, Ind., Thursday, June 16, 2011. Lauren Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of drinking with friends. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    This photo distributed by the Bloomington Police Department, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, shows a vehicle captured by a video surveillance camera that came to the attention of investigators in the disappearance of Lauren Spierer in Bloomington, Ind. This camera is near the area where Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of partying with friends. (AP Photo/Bloomington Police Department)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    This photo distributed by the Bloomington Police Department, Wednesday, June 15, 2011, shows a vehicle captured by a video surveillance camera that came to the attention of investigators in the disappearance of Lauren Spierer in Bloomington, Ind. This camera is near the area where Spierer, 20, of Greenburgh, N.Y., was last seen early June 3 walking alone toward her apartment after a night of partying with friends. (AP Photo/Bloomington Police Department)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Dawn Adams fills out a sign up sheet on the back of Steve Scott as they joined the search for Lauren Spierer, 20, as volunteers gathered outside the girl's apartment building in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Spierer was last seen at about 4:30 a.m. Friday walking alone toward her apartment in downtown Bloomington. Adams is the mother of Wade Steffey, the Purdue student who went missing and was later found dead in 2007. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    A missing person poster of Lauren Spierer, 20, is posted on one of the entry gates to Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Spierer disappeared around 4:30 am on Friday. Police say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of a 20-year-old Indiana University student, but have little information about what happened to her. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Kilroy's Sport Bar, with it's outdoor beach area, is shown in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. The bar, located just a block from the apartment, top right, of missing twenty-year-old Indiana University student Lauren Spierer. Spierer was drinking with friends, last Thursday, police say, left her shoes and cell phone at a bar and was last seen walking home alone from a friend's apartment at 4:30 a.m. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    A volunteer reaches for a flyer as they continue to search for Lauren Spierer, 20, in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Spierer disappeared Friday about 4:30am. Police say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of the Indiana University student five days ago, but have little information about what happened to her. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    A missing person poster of Lauren Spierer, 20, is posted on a sign post outside her apartment building in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Spierer disappeared around 4:20 a.m. on Friday. Police say they suspect foul play in the disappearance of a 20-year-old Indiana University student five days ago, but have little information about what happened to her. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

  • Missing Indiana Student

    Bicyclists, walkers and cars make their way along Kirkwood Ave. as it boarders Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, 20, disappeared around 4:30am on Friday. Police say they suspect foul play in the disappearance, but have little information about what happened to her. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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    Their friend has now been missing for days, and now Becca Lefkowitz and Blair Wallach are speaking out about what could have happened to Lauren Spierer. If you have any information on her whereabouts, Spierer's family and local authorities are asking people to contact (812)-339-4477.

  • Lauren Spierer's dad pleads for help in the search

    Robert Spierer pleaded for the public's help finding their daughter.

  • An exclusive sit-down interview with the family of Lauren Spierer.

    An exclusive sit-down interview with the family of Lauren Spierer. The 20 year old Edgemont native disappeared June 3rd. News 12 Dec 20, 2011

  • 11 Months Missing IU Student Lauren Spierer's Impact on Students' Behavior

    It has almost been one year since IU student Lauren Spierer went missing. Since that early morning last June, how have students' behavior and decision-making at night changed? Hoosier News Source's Lauren Linder has the story.

  • Illinois bones aren't missing IU student Lauren Spierer

    Bones found in Newton, Ill. are not those of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

  • Happy Birthday, Lauren Spierer!

    On January 17th Lauren Spierer who went missing on June 3rd turned 21 years old. This video was created by Jalen Faith with a purpose to provide support for the Spierer's on this particularly hard day. To Rob & Charlene (and family): We love you, and we're here for you! Copyright infringement not intended. Music rights to Brice Fox, and Daniel Weber. Pictures of Lauren Spierer rights to the Spierer family. Happy birthday pictures provided by LS supporters. Thank you!

  • Police seeking truck in Lauren Spierer case

    News Report from Lauren Spierer case.

  • Friend of Student Lauren Spierer Has No Memory of Night She Went Missing

    After the parents of missing Indiana college student Lauren Spierer hoped for tips to pour in from a national TV program's profile of their daughter's case over the weekend, police say they're still waiting for any such call. Former DC homicide investigator Rod Wheeler gave his professional insight on what theories police have so far, who the culprit might be in her disappearance, and whether Spierer's friend claiming memory loss may in some way be connected.

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    Breaking: Pentagon Security Scare; Lauren Spierer Photos; Strauss-Kahn Claimed Immunity; Saudia Arabia Women Drivers; Rebecca Black Pulls Friday Vid.

  • Missing IU Student’S Friend: 'I Blacked Out'

    The search for missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer continues as new clues emerge.

CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, the authorities in charge of the case were mislabeled. They are from Indiana.

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