On Thursday, Bloomington, Indiana police issued its first news release regarding the disappearance of Lauren Spierer in months. The police announced that they are investigating any possible connection between Lauren’s disappearance and a man suspected of murdering three women in New Albany, Indiana.
Convicted sex-offender William Clyde Gibson, known as Clyde Gibson, became the primary suspect in the disappearance of Stephanie Kirk, a southern Indiana woman who disappeared after going to meet a man at a bar a month ago. Kirk’s remains were found buried in Gibson’s backyard last week.
The Bloomington police issued the statement due to several media inquiries over the possible connection between the Gibson case and Lauren Spierer’s disappearance.
Edgemont resident and Indiana University student, Lauren Spierer has been missing since June 3, 2011 after a night out with friends.
According to the statement from Bloomington Police Captain Joe Qualters, “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. We view this as the responsible thing to do as part of our ongoing investigation and it is much like the inquiries we make on unidentified bodies that become known to us from other jurisdictions. We have no indication that there is any connection to Lauren's case, but we are certainly interested in anyone who comes to the attention of law enforcement for targeting women as victims. That is the sole purpose for the inquiry.”
Gibson is also charged with killing a 75-year woman in April whose body was found in his home. He has also allegedly confessed to an unsolved 2002 murder as well.
Clyde Gibson has yet to be charged in the Kirk case as the coroner awaits the exact cause of death.
News outlets in Indiana say that investigators have been investigating Gibson’s property and his home for additional information and other possible murders.
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