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Spierer investigators probe S. Ind. killings

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Nearly a year after missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer was last seen, Bloomington police are closely monitoring the investigation into a woman's remains found in the back yard of a southern Indiana man charged with killing two other women.

Police on Friday found the remains of Stephanie Kirk, 35, behind the New Albany home of William "Clyde" Gibson IIl, 54, who already faces charges in the recent death of a 75-year-old Clarksville woman and the 2002 death of a 44-year-old Jeffersonville woman.

Bloomington police Capt. Joe Qualters said a detective had been assigned to contact New Albany investigators about the case

"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," Qualters said in a news release.

Spierer was last seen walking near 11th Street and College Avenue in Bloomington in the early morning hours of June 3 after a night of partying with friends.

"We have no indication that (the New Albany case has) 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," Qualters said.

In an interview last month with The Journal News, a New York-based newspaper, Spierer's parents, Roberts and Charlene, said they are losing hope that she is still alive.

The family asked people with information to contact their private investigator, Beau Dietl Associates, at (800)777-9366, or the Bloomington Police Department at (812)339-4477.

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