I haven't had much time to post but have been trying to keep up. I read several posts about the sleeping bag and wanted to comment.....
It's surprising to me that so many seem to put so much stock into one random anonymous poster's comment about where the missing sleeping bag is. IMO that was just a random comment from someone who probably knows nothing.
I have kids in college. First, most college kids we know don't take sleeping bags to school unless they're the outdoorsy camper types. Secondly, when my kids return for the summer, I wouldn't even know that a sleeping bag (or other item) was missing, most likely. They usually pile their stuff that they don't use on a daily basis, in storage, then get it out again when it's time to return. Now, IF they are the outdoorsy types who camp (and one of mine is), I'm not sure I'd still notice if a sleeping bag was missing. At that age, Mommy doesn't pack for them anymore. He'd likely grab his gear and go, then just go buy a new sleeping bag. I would probably not even know one was missing. IF I did, and suspected my son of something, I wouldn't be out telling my friends of my suspicions. I doubt he would tell anyone that his bag was missing either (if he is guilty). Therefore, I can't buy that some kid just happens to know that one of the POIs has a missing sleeping bag. IF LS was put in a sleeping bag, I don't think any of these POIs would tell anyone about it. This is not a big item (like a missing car). We're talking about a sleeping bag and college kids. I don't think anyone would notice that one is missing. Now, if someone else used another POIs bag without him knowing, and he's trying to frame that person, then that's a different story. This could explain why it's even brought up but it's the only explanation that I can think of.
Re: the validity of the dumpster theory and why the landfill hasn't been/isn't being checked. I don't get it, either, unless LE did a followup dog check at the transfer station, and her scent didn't show up there so they think something else happened. But as you note, what would that be? Could she have been left by the dumpster in something and transferred elsewhere? That's too risky, I'd think. Or is LE not be totally forthcoming (their option, of course)?
All thanks to Btown for the tip! I just happened to check WS before leaving my office. The reporter and I talked about the points he just made on the news. We're all shaking heads in disbelief over BPD! He said BPD turned over the landfill search to FBI.
Because of that, someone said that the trash is picked up on a different day by a private contractor, and I believe Friday was mentioned.
I've seen the [ame="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&biw=1366&bih=653&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=Sears+and+sons+waste+removal&oq=Sears+and+sons +waste+removal&aq=f&aqi=g1&aql=&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=434 6l8314l0l8637l18l18l2l13l15l0l224l518l0.2.1l3l0"]Sears & Sons[/ame] Waste removal truck pick up dumpsters on Tuesday after 5pm in the neighborhood while I was taking pics to post on this site June 14th.
That doesn't mean they don't pick up on Fridays though.
I was teasing the reporter how the news station should have a backdrop of Smallwood by now, rather than driving all the way here and setting up. He said "We should be in Terre Haute right now." He seemed pretty disgusted with BPD, the tech guy too. I asked but the reporter doesn't think the garbage zones can be correlated back to a specific area of town. I thought they could?
I guess what's important here is that the crimes appeared to be swept under the rug by at least one member of the family. So I feel it can happen.
Trash is taken to a transfer station which is then bulldozed into a semi-trailer, which is taken to the landfill and dumped. A gps location is noted where the trailer dumps. And that shows perhaps what city and day that load was placed.
However, that doesn't show what part of the town the trash came from. The transfer station does not ask where the trash came from when you leave the trash. They only want money.
I presume the way they get money, (from commercial waste removal, individuals pay as they go) is to document the weight of the truck, the company, and get the driver to sign the ticket, then send them the bill.
So it would seem to me that while the semi-trailer dump site is tagged, and that doesn't say precisely where in town the trash came from, one could go thru the transfer records for that day, and cross reference who the driver for the 5 North area was, and then you would have a good idea which semi that trash wound up on, and find it that way.
That kind of papertrail is something the FBI excels at I've heard.
thank the good lord and the fbi!!
“Kenny DePasse, with Indiana's Republic Services, stated that Sycamore Ridge Landfill employs a GPS locating system when scheduling dumps made to the landfill, essentially ensuring the police will be accurately directed to the specific area in which IU trash has been dumped in the days following Lauren Spierer's disappearance.
“Few law enforcement agencies enjoy that kind of direction when searching a landfill for potential crime victims, reducing the overall scope of the search if Bloomington PD moves forward.”
Thank Goodness for some movement/news! I really hope they are working on resolution behind the scenes.
It seems clear as day from the article that no, the landfill has not yet been searched. Look at the tenses.
There were rumors on the FB Case Discussion page of negotiations with a POI. Does anybody else wonder whether this development could have come from that (if it's even true, it was mentioned somewhere days ago, buried in a lot of other posts).