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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -  A recent murder of a college student has investigators looking into a cold case.

Indiana University student Hannah Wilson was found dead in a vacant lot Friday morning.

A motorist spotted her body about seven hours after she was last seen.

According to court documents, around 1 a.m. Friday, Wilson, 22, and her friends walked to Kilroy’s Sports Bar. Her friends decided she was too drunk to go to the bar. They considered calling Uber to get her a ride, but a cab pulled up to the curb. They put her in the cab by herself and paid the cab fare.

Witnesses heard Wilson give her address to the cab driver. That was the last time her friends saw her.

An autopsy shows she died from several blows to the back of her head.

Police say Daniel Messel's cellphone was discovered next to Wilson's body.

When investigators arrived to Messel's house, they say he had a garbage bag of clothes as well as "claw marks" on his forearms.

His vehicle also had blood spatter on the driver's side, along with blood and black hair on the console, court documents said.

Messel was arrested and is being held in jail on a murder charge.

According to FOX59, police learned Messel hadn't shown up to work Friday, which his supervisors described as unusual.

Gerald Messel, Daniel's stepfather, told FOX59 that his stepson didn't come home Thursday night after a regular night of playing trivia in bar near the Indiana University.

He also told the news station that weeks before Hannah Wilson was murdered, Messel spoke about a girl named "Hannah" from the bars near IU.

One investigator says Hannah Wilson's murder case is "eerily similar" to the disappearance of another Indiana University student, Lauren Spierer.

It was in June of 2011 when Spierer went missing.  She has never been found.

Now one investigator says detectives will most likely re-examine that four-year-old unsolved case.

Wilson's friends say she was last seen at the same bar Spierer visited hours before she disappeared.

 

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