IU’s Students Body Found in Brown County

IU’s Students Body Found in Brown County


The body of a 22-year-old missing IU student was found in Brown County on Friday.

Hannah Wilson, 22, Fischer, was discovered around 8:30 a.m. Friday in Needmore, near Lake Lemon.

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Police have arrested Daniel E. Messell, 49, of Bloomington. He is being held on a preliminary charge of murder.

Wilson  was a senior at Indiana University and a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

The investigation has been in joint cooperation with the Bloomington Police Department who had taken a Missing Persons report regarding Miss Wilson earlier Friday afternoon.

The Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office along with the Brown County Prosecutor and the Brown County Coroner are also involved in the investigation that continues at this time.

The Indiana State Police stresses the filing of criminal charges is only the beginning of the process and Mr. Messell is presumed innocent until and unless guilt is proven in court.

“The entire IU Bloomington community mourns the tragic death of Hannah Wilson,” IU Communications Director Mark Land said in an email. “Our deepest sympathies go out to Hannah’s family and friends during this unspeakably sad time.”

The news hit the IU community hard, revisiting memories of Lauren Spierer, a student who disappeared in 2011, and Jill Behrman, a student who disappeared more than a decade ago.

Behrman’s body was recovered years after her disappearance. John Myers, a local man, was convicted of her murder. Spierer’s disappearance remains unexplained.