LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- UPDATE: Late Thursday evening the FBI confirmed that agents were assisting in an investigation relating to the 2011 disappearance of IU student Lauren Spierer.

Special Agent Wendy Osborne told WDRB the Indianapolis branch of the FBI is assisting the Bloomington Police Department. Osborne called the police department the "lead investigators in this case."

"We were in Morgan County today [Thursday] providing assistance to the department following leads regarding Lauren Spierer," she said.

When asked what Osborne meant by "assistance" she said, "providing manpower, expertise and resources" to help with the investigation. 

Investigators were working in the Martinsville, Indiana, area which is northeast of Bloomington. The Morgan County sheriff said federal agents were in the area of the 2900 block of Old Morgantown Road.

According to our Indianapolis affiliate FOX59, agents searched the property, along with cadaver dogs, Thursday afternoon. The cadaver dogs indicated there was potential evidence at the scene. A dig was conducted and nothing was found.

The property searched belongs to family of Justin Wagers, who once lived at the property. Police said Wagers was being investigated in connection to Spierer's disappearance and two other people. 

A representative of the family of Lauren Spierer tells WDRB that they have not been contacted by authorities, and have no info about the investigation in Martinsville.

Spierer's parents filed a lawsuit against two men who were with her the night she vanished, but the suit was thrown out when a federal judge ruled her parents didn't show evidence the two men had anything to do with her disappearance. 

Spierer was last seen in June 2011 after a night out with friends. No one has ever been arrested in Spierer's disappearance. 


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