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CCSP to help in search

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lauren Spierer
Clay County residents are getting involved in the search for a missing Indiana University student.

Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Posse (CCSP) will travel to Bloomington Saturday and Sunday to assist in the search for Lauren Spierer.

Spierer has been missing since June 3.

CCSP President Victoria Hill said the organization felt "honored" to be a part of the search.

"I think this is great for us to be recognized as a search team and to be called to help," Hill said.

Hill said on Wednesday, she received the request from missing person expert Lee Manning, who is affiliated with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Manning has been directly involved in the search as well.

"He got our name from the statewide search and rescue directory through the Department of Homeland Security," Hill said.

The request was OK'd through Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton.

"We do not do anything without his approval and authorization," Hill said.

Hill said five CCSP members will travel to Bloomington Saturday and another six will go Sunday. There are 13 members in the group.

"We'll be doing an urban search," Hill said.

Hill said CCSP members would meet with others involved in the search on the IU campus.

According to reports, Bloomington Police Department Capt. Joe Qualters has said approximately 150 people from other law enforcement agencies and others with search experience are involved in the mission.

The search, according to reports, is based around the Bloomington apartment complex where Spierer was last seen.

"We're going to assemble at 7:30 a.m. (each day)," Hill said. "I believe we're going to be searching four-six hours at one time. (After a break), either they'll deploy another group or we'll continue."

For CCSP, this is the first time it has been involved in a search outside of Clay County. In addition, Hill said the organization has not been involved in anything of this magnitude.

"But we have been involved in several missing person searches in Clay County," she said.

She added all CCSP members have extensive training in missing person searches.

"This is a ground search at this point," Hill said. "I think it's because it's an urban setting. We hope for the best."

Law enforcement have received hundreds of tips this week after releasing a photograph of a white pickup truck seen in the area where Spierer went missing.

In addition, the television show, "America's Most Wanted," will air new information regarding the case this Saturday.

According to information at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website (www.missingkids.com), Spierer is 4-foot-11 with blue eyes and blonde hair.

She was last seen at approximately 4:30 a.m., June 3, wearing a white tank top, a white button-down shirt and full-length black spandex pants.

Anyone with information should call NCMEC at 1-800-843-5678, the Bloomington Police Department at 812-339-4477 or e-mail tips@bloomington.in.gov.

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I think this is an awesome opportunity for Clay County.

Good Luck!

-- Posted by dbltrbl on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 7:56 PM

They needed be sent hunt for morgan johnson hes been missing since may 18 already too much time spent hunting in bloomington

-- Posted by buddry55 on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 8:04 PM

I agree with buddry55 !!! And certainly there are a LOT of other missing persons that have never and will never get this much support to be located. This is a very sad situation in Bloomington, as it is anywhere and anytime that there is ANY ONE MISSING. But I applaud you people of CCSP. Good Luck.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 10:08 PM

As a side note ~ let me say that I do think this is wonderful that the people of Indiana and a lot of places around the country, have come together in this search. I cannot imagine what it must be like for Lauren's parents and family. Heartbreaking to anyone who has lost someone in such a henious manner.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 10:20 PM

Thank you for your comments and your support. It is most unfortunate that most of these missing people do not get the attention that this young lady has but we do our best to go where we are requested to go and are allowed to go per our Sheriff.

I am very proud of our group and this is what we train for, with our horses and on the ground.

Please keep all these folks in your prayers and God bless us all.

Victoria Hill

Clay Co. Sheriff's Posse


-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 11:47 PM

Good luck with your search CCSP. Looking forward to seeing you guys patroling at the carnival this year. You are all so friendly and helpful.

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Thu, Jun 16, 2011, at 11:49 PM

I know we all hope for the best in this search for Lauren. With so many evil individuals in this world it makes me shutter to think there is someone like that so close to our own home town. As far fetched as it may seem, it may not be a bad idea to have a psychic medium take a glance into the unknown of this situation. Hopefully before it is too late. I have seen what they can do, and it is remarkable what they can come up with when given the circumstances behind the case. It is also sad and scary when they reveal what they see, which most of the time is not what everyone hopes for.

Let us all pray for the best in their search this weekend, since we are unfortuneately expecting the worst.

-- Posted by Keeping An Open Mind on Fri, Jun 17, 2011, at 1:57 PM

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