Lauren Spierer disappeared from near her apartment complex more than a year ago, but now the 21-year-old college student’s family may have closure after a skull found near where she disappeared could let them know of her fate.
Fishermen found the skull in the White River on July 9, The Huffington Post reported. The river is roughly 50 miles from Bloomington, Ind., where Lauren Spierer was last seen. Police have searched the river for more clues but found nothing so far.
“In the days ahead, a family will have answers they have been desperately seeking,” the family said on a Facebook page about her disappearance. “Will it be ours?”
The Spierer family has been through the heart-wrenching process of waiting on forensic results before. In April skeletal remains were found near Bloomington, but were later determined to belong to a male who is still not identified.
Lauren Spierer was last seen June 3, 2011, at close to 4:30 a.m. She had visited a sports bar that closed at 3 a.m., and left her shoes and cell phone behind, police said. Spierer reportedly went to the apartment of fellow college student Corey Rossman before deciding to walk home, and was not seen again.
After leaving the bar, Spierer reportedly went to fellow college student Corey Rossman’s apartment before deciding to walk home. What happened to her after that remains a mystery. She was reported missing less than 12 hours later.
The skull is now being examined by a forensic anthropologist who will determine the age, race and gender of the person and try to determine whether it belonged to Lauren Spierer, ABC News reported. In all it could take up to two months to determine if it is her skull.