Police search for link to Lauren Spierer case following murder of Hannah Wilson

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (April 27, 2015)-- It's a story we've written and one you've heard before. The disappearance of a young co-ed from the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

Twenty-year-old Lauren Spierer went missing following a night out with friends at Kilroy's Bar and Grill on June 3, 2011. Friends sent her home after a night of drinking. And just like that her story ended there. Her parents came to Indiana from New York to begin the desperate search for their child.

"Someone has to know something more than we and the police know right now and that's a difficult thing to deal with because there could be that last piece of the puzzle someone could share information about that could help us find her," said Robert Spierer in a June 2011 interview.

Lauren Spierer was never found, but Bloomington police have a new investigative piece to look into following the disappearance and murder of Hannah Wilson.

Investigators were fueled by the similarities in both of the missing women cases. Bloomington police released a statement saying, "Daniel Messel's arrest has provided BPD detectives with an avenue of investigation into Lauren Spierer's disappearance that will be diligently pursued and, in fact, that investigation has already begun."

Like Lauren, Hannah also left Kilroy's Bar and Grill after a night of drinking. Her friends sent her home in a cab--never to be seen alive again. A story line the Spierer family never wanted to relive.

The Spierer family says they've never given up hope--more than three years later, they maintain active social media pages to show they're as determined as day one. They're also taking the time to pray for the Wilson family. Lauren's mother, Charlene Spierer, released a statement saying, "The news about Hannah Wilson is terribly heartbreaking and tragic for the Wilson family. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go to Hannah's family and friends."

Bloomington police will work with state police who are leading the investigation into Hannah's death to look over those similarities. What investigators find will determine how they'll proceed with looking at the Spierer case again.