Police downplay skeletal remains reports in Lauren Spierer case

INDIANAPOLIS - Bloomington police are downplaying reports that skeletal remains found in a remote area of eastern Illinois could be those of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer.

The remains were found March 10 in woods near the town of Newton, Ill.

Bloomington police contacted authorities there about the find and are awaiting the results of DNA testing.

But Bloomington police Capt. Joe Qualters stressed to The Daily Scarsdale on Tuesday that his department has followed up on several cases of remains found since Spierer went missing in June 2011.

"We are interested in all unidentified bodies as part of our investigation, but the body in Illinois holds no more or less promise for now than any of the several others that have come to our attention over the last 10 months," he said.

Spierer's parents, Rob and Charlene Spierer, and sister posted a statement on the family's website Tuesday.

"Always in our hearts. Always in our thoughts. NEVER giving up. We love you, Lauren," signed Mom, Dad and Rebecca.

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