FBI and Police Conduct Raid in Martinsville, Indiana in Connection With Missing College Student

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
January 29, 2016 Updated: January 29, 2016

A joint team of police officers and FBI agents raided a home in Martinsville, Indiana in connection with missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

The home was the residence of Justin Wagers, 35, until he was arrested in August 2015, reported NBC.

Wagers, a registered sex offender, is currently in jail awaiting a Feb. 18 court appearance for a felony charge of public indecency. 

Spierer was 20 when she vanished in 2011, and would have turned 25 last week. 

Despite Spierer being missing for years, her family is holding out hope that she can still be found.

“There have been so many waiting to hear, waiting to hear, waiting to hear, that never said it was related to Lauren and this is just making me sick now. I want to find Lauren more than anything in the whole wide world and that’s the most important thing. So, if it is, it is, you know, I want to know,” mom Charlene told WTHR

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Investigators sifted dirt removed from a barn near the property and brought cadaver dogs to sniff around.

A white truck was also towed from the land—in surveillance footage released shortly after the student’s disappearance, investigators keyed in on a white truck, but later cleared it with the owner of the company that owned it. 

The FBI confirmed that the search of the Martinsville, Indiana home and property and a nearby home in Trafalgar, Indiana were connected to Spierer. 

“The Indianapolis Office of the FBI has been assisting the lead agency—which is the Bloomington Indiana Police Department—following up on leads and tips in Morgan County today regarding the disappearance of Lauren Spierer,” the FBI said in a statement. “There is no additional information to release regarding this matter at this time.”