Private investigators brought to Indiana by the parents of Lauren Spierer may have to stop their search for the missing IU student. A Fox59 investigation revealed the private eyes are not operating legally.
Investigator Beau Dietl poked fun at Bloomington's police chief live on the local Fox station in New York City.
As many as four private eyes hired by the parents of Lauren Spierer are in Bloomington, trying to uncover what happened to the missing IU student. The only problem is that Indiana's Attorney General's office said they are breaking the law.
In an email to Fox 59, the Indiana Attorney General's office writes: "It is illegal for a person to engage in business as a private investigator firm unless the person is licensed in the state of Indiana."
Sources said the detectives tried to use a local private investigator's license, but the Indiana Attorney General's Office suspended that license for 10 years for unknown reasons.
The state's Private Investigator and Security Guard Board plans to file a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General's Office.
Not only are the New York private eyes unlicensed in Indiana, police said they have received complaints of harassment and Fox59 has even heard reports that the investigators illegally entered a residence, which could result in criminal charges.
Lauren Spierer's father said he was disappointed with Dietl's comments and he has a tremendous amount of faith in the Bloomington Police Department.
Fox59 tried to contact Dietl for the past two days, but he's been unavailable.
Attorney General: New York private investigators are operating illegally
Private investigators brought to Indiana by the parents of Lauren Spierer may have to stop their search for the missing IU student.
We've upgraded our reader commenting system. Learn more about the new features.
The Baltimore Sun encourages civil dialogue related to our stories; you must register and log-in to our site in order to participate. We reserve the right to remove any user and to delete comments that violate our Terms of Service. By commenting, you agree to these terms. Please flag inappropriate comments.