Police probe possible connection between murder suspect, missing college student Lauren Spierer

Indiana police are investigating a possible connection between a man accused of murdering several women and a missing college student.

The Bloomington Police Department said in a press release Thursday that a detective has been assigned to investigate whether murder suspect William Clyde Gibson is linked to Indiana University student Lauren Spierer, who disappeared almost a year ago.

Gibson, 54, was charged last week with murder in the deaths of a 75-year-old family friend found dead April 19 in Gibson's New Albany, Ind., home, and the 2002 death of a Florida hairdresser whose body was found near the Ohio River.

Police also are investigating the death of a 35-year-old woman whose body was found Friday in Gibson's backyard.

Bloomington police said there is no known connection between Gibson and Spierer, but said they are still investigating the matter.

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"We have no indication that there is any connection to Lauren's case, but we are certainly interested in anyone who comes to the attention of law enforcement for targeting women as victims," the department said in a statement obtained by FoxNews.com.

Bloomington police reached out to Illinois authorities in early April, after skeletal remains were discovered in a remote area of eastern Illinois, Fox affiliate WXIN-TV reported. An autopsy revealed the remains were those of a man.

Spierer disappeared on June 3, 2011. She was last seen on surveillance video, walking home after a night out with friends. She is described as 4 feet, 11 inches tall with blonde hair and blue eyes.

FoxNews.com's Cristina Corbin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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