Remains found by mushroom hunters are female

Remains found by mushroom hunters are female


Coroner say skeletal remains found last week at a remote site in Brown County are those of a woman who had been dead two years or more

Brown County Coroner Earl Piper says mushroom hunters found the remains last Thursday on a ridge in a rugged, wooded area that’s a long hike from a rural road.

Piper says the bones were scattered and the woman’s body had been in the remote area for “a couple of years or so at least.”

He declined to comment on clothing found at the scene and says the woman’s age has not been determined.

Piper says dental X-rays from missing women from the area will be compared to the dead woman’s teeth in hopes of identifying her.

Bloomington police Capt. Joseph Qualters said today it’s too early for them to get involved in this case.

Like in every other case of bodies found in Brown and neighboring counties, Qualters said they have to wait until respective authorities have identified the woman, and “whether or not it might relate to a missing person case that they have.”

“Anything related to us at this point would be clearly speculative and basically irresponsible,” he said.

Bloomington detectives had, for the past two years, been looking for Lauren Spierer, who vanished after a night of partying with friends in downtown Bloomington. June 3 marks the second anniversary of her disappearance.

The search for the Indiana University student seems to remain active in Bloomington. Sunday, local firemen posted newly refurbished signs asking for the public’s help to find Spierer.

“If there is a silver lining to the nightmare we have been living since Lauren’s disappearance, it has been the opportunity to meet so many genuine, caring people from Bloomington who have been unwavering in their support, and committed to helping us in any way they can,” Rob and Charlene Spierer posted on their Facebook page Monday.