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Potential new lead in search for college student who went missing nearly five years ago

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Indianapolis office of the FBI is helping in the search for Lauren Spierer, a college student who went missing nearly five years ago.

The FBI and the Bloomington Police Department confirmed Thursday that the federal agency was assisting at a location in Morgan County, about 30 miles north of the college town.

CNN affiliates WISH and WRTV reported that the FBI and local authorities searched a home in Martinsville.

WRTV cameras captured authorities and K-9 units working near a house and another wooden building on the property. A pickup truck was also seen being towed away.

FBI Special Agent Wendy Osborne said they were following up on information they received regarding the disappearance of the Indiana University student, who went missing in June 2011.

Law enforcement sources told KFOR sister station WXIN an individual who used to live at the property may be connected to the disappearances of two other people as well.

"Not knowing and not having her is devastating and there’s just no words. It’s very hard to live with every single day," Charlene Spierer, Lauren's mother told WXIN.

She was last seen leaving a bar with a male student in the morning of June 3.

Surveillance video showed her and the male student walking toward his building around 3 a.m., though it does not show her leaving. But a neighbor reported seeing her leave the male student's building about 4:30 a.m

Her keys were found in a nearby alley.

"I do believe we’re going to find Lauren one day. But you know it’s very hard with each passing year and because you have to sort of give it over to the powers that be. There’s a bigger power than me and that hopefully we’re going to find her," said Spierer.

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