INDIANAPOLIS, IN (PIX11)—The gruesome discovery of a woman's body in Indianapolis has caught the attention of detectives searching for missing New Yorker Lauren Spierer.
Police are looking into whether the remains discovered are those of missing New Yorker Lauren Spierer. The Westchester woman was last seen on surveillance video on June 3rd.
A family out for a walk alerted police after finding the woman's badly-decomposed body just before 7 p.m. Sunday. The body was found floating in a creek, lodged between pieces of debris in Fall Creek.
Right now investigators can't be sure of the woman's identity. Indianapolis Police Officer Kendale Adams told reporters "Obviously it is too early to determine if any of those missing cases are related to this case."
Police repeatedly emphasized that it's too soon to say if the woman's body that was found is that of Lauren Spierer, the 20 year old Indiana University student from Westchester, or possibly that of another woman, a grandmother, also missing in the area.The reason is the condition of the body.
It's so badly decomposed that police couldn't even rapidly identify the woman's age or race. In a statement, the Bloomington, Indiana police department said: "The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has recovered a decomposed body from Fall Creek on the north east side of Indianapolis. Bloomington Police investigators are in contact with IMPD, but at this time there is not enough information for IMPD to determine the identity or a basic description. A forensic examination is pending which hopefully will provide more information."
Officer Adams said, "We want to confirm the identity first and once we're able to do that, then we'll be able to hopefully put the missing pieces together from some of these cases." Police have called off their weeks-long intensive search for Lauren. A $100,000 reward remains outstanding.
An autopsy on the body discovered Sunday is expected to begin around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.