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Killer Linked to Lauren Spierer Case?

By May 4, 2012

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It may be a long shot, but investigators are looking into the possible link between an Indiana man accused of killing three women and the case of a missing 20-year-old University of Indiana college student. Convicted sex offender William Clyde Gibson is accused of three murders in New Albany, about 100 miles from when Lauren Spierer disappeared in Bloomington.

Gibson was suspected after the remains of one of his victims was found buried in his backyard.

Gibson, 54, has been charged with the murder of a 75-year-old woman who was a family friend. The body of Christine Whitis was found April 19 in his home. She was Gibson's mother's best friend, according to family members.

But two murders that Gibson is accused of may have some similarities to Lauren Spierer, who disappeared after a night out at a bar with friends.

Are There More Victims?

Gibson is charged with the 2002 death of Karen Hodella, 44, whose body was found in January 2003 near Emery Crossing Road close to the Ohio River and New Albany. Hodella was last seen meeting a man in a bar who bought drinks for her.

As police were investigating the Whitis murder, they found the remains of Stephanie Marie Kirk, 35, buried in his back yard. Kirk disappeared March 25, 2012 after she left a friend's home to meet a man she had met the previous night at a bar. They were supposed to go motorcycle riding.

Lauren Spierer was last seen walking toward her apartment from a friend's home around 4:30 a.m. on June 3, 2011 after walking to the friend's home from the bar where they had been partying.

Police to Check Possible Connection

Bloomington police issued a news release announcing that they were going to investigation any possible connection between the two cases. Here is the text of the new release:

"A detective from the Bloomington Police Department has been assigned to make an inquiry with investigators in New Albany regarding the Clyde Gibson case they are investigating. We view this as the responsible thing to do as part of our ongoing investigation and it is much like the inquiries we make on unidentified bodies that become known to us from other jurisdictions."

"We have no indication that there is any connection to Lauren's case, but we are certainly interested in anyone who comes to the attention of law enforcement for targeting women as victims. That is the sole purpose for the inquiry."

See Also:
Bloomington Police Investigate Possible Link in Spierer Case

Background:
The Lauren Spierer Case

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