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UPDATE: Authorities collect DNA as part of Lauren Spierer investigation

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MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- There have been new developments in the case of missing IU student Lauren Spierer -- including newly collected DNA samples and a second search tied to the case.

The FBI conducted a raid at a home in Trafalgar, Indiana, a small rural community in Johnson County. The property a small home, several RVs and a shed.

It's the site of a second FBI raid this week tied to missing IU student Lauren Spierer.

"The case has always been an active case, and we are always looking into any type of lead or any investigative lead that comes in to the department," said Lt. John Kovach of the Bloomington Police Department.

While Bloomington Police remain tight-lipped on the specifics of the new lead, whatever it is has brought the Spierer investigation more public activity than it has seen in years. Just west of Trafalgar Thursday, in Martinsville, there was a simultaneous search in Morgan County, with investigators digging, bringing cadaver dogs, and hauling away a truck.

We're told the cadaver dogs indicated there was potential evidence at the scene but nothing was found.

Both properties have ties to relatives of 35-year-old Justin Wagers, who is already behind bars as a convicted sex offender. 

Police say Wagers is being investigated in connection to Spierer's disappearance and two other missing persons cases. Friday we learned authorities obtained a search warrant to collect DNA samples from Wagers behind bars at Johnson County Jail. Wagers' attorney says his client has no idea what happened to the young college student. 

"With any case that we investigate, the ultimate goal is to come to a resolution," said Lt. Kovach.

Spierer vanished in Bloomington after a night out drinking with friends in June 2011.

"Her face is still plastered in very, like, prominent social places," said Nick Rivera, IU student.

The new leads are bringing the story back to life for a new class of students. 

"It's really sad," Rivera said. "I hope she's still alive. I hope she's safe. But in the event she's not, I hope for closure for her family." 

A representative for the Spierer family said police have says they have not been contacted by police with new information.

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